Since clashes erupted between PDKI’s Peshmerga Forces and Iran’s Islamic guards on June 15, the Iranian regime has taken various steps to cover up the casualties of its troops. The dead bodies of 31 soldiers, which Iran claims were killed in Iraq, are about to be transferred from the Kurdish city of Mariwan to the city of Sne (Sanandaj).
A Peshmerga platoon escorting PDKI officials in Mariwan came under attack on June 25 in the mountains Sawlawa region, which is located in the vicinity of city.
Clashes continued for ten days and the Peshmergas, who were repeatedly ambushed by a massive Iranian force armed with heavy weapons, managed to break through the enemy lines several times. Unfortunately, five of our Peshmergas were martyred in the clashes in Sawlawa.
Confidential sources within the Iranian military in Mariwan revealed that the casualties of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) are as many as 31.
Iran has publicly confirmed that only 3 members of the Islamic guards were killed in clashes with Peshmergas in Sawlawa.
During the clashes, the Peshmerga platoon in Sawlawa had the bodies of 8 IRGC soldiers in their hands. Local sources in the Sawlawa region have confirmed that the IRGC suffered heavy casualties.
Iran is going to transfer the dead bodies of the 31 IRGC soldiers from Mariwan to Sne. Iran claims that they were killed in Iraq and that their bodies have arrived in Mariwan to be transferred to Sne.
It is the latest desperate attempt by the IRGC to cover up its heavy losses in Kurdistan and stem the further demoralization of its troops. This move by the IRGC has given rise to discontent within the Iranian military.
The IRGC has thus far tried to cover up the heavy losses of its forces in Kurdistan by mainly reporting them as casualties from Iran’s war in Syria.
The Iranian regime faces a dilemma. Tehran is, against the backdrop of increasing popular opposition to its war on behalf of the rump state of Assad, keen about being quiet about IRGC casualties in Syria. At the same time, IRCG casualties in Kurdistan have in the main been reported as related to Iran’s war in Syria.
With growing casualties, the IRGC is desperate to find other ways of covering up its heavy losses in Kurdistan.