Kurdish PAK forces attack Iranian government troops in Sanandaj

Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in a training camp. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

ERBIL – Kurdish Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) attacked the Iranian government forces during annual Army Day parade in Iran earlier on Sunday, officials reported.

“The Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan (HAK-R) ended their ceasefire with the Islamic republic [of Iran] this year,” Rezgar Abaszade, director of communication for the group, told ARA News.

“Our forces have attacked Iranian army in Sanandaj [on 17 April] and killed two of them, injuring four that were taken captive. Moreover, two cars were destroyed,” he said, suggesting the operation was a success.

The PAK Peshmergas are led by Hussein Yazdanpaneh, whose party was established in 1991.

The PAK Peshmergas have fought over 2 years against the Islamic State (ISIS) on the Peshmerga frontlines, but now Yazdanpaneh said in a statement during the Kurdish new year [Newroz] last month that they will also fight for “freedom in Eastern Kurdistan” –Kurdish region of Iran.

PAK created the new Peshmerga group ‘Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan’ to fight the Iranian government.

“The Iranian government has oppressed the Kurds for 32 years, and we have started to use our Peshmerga forces to confront them,” the spokesperson Abaszade told ARA News.

The Iranian intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi announced they arrested a person trying to plant explosives in Western Iran. However, HAK-R denied that any forces have been arrested.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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  1. Alan Jonson
    April 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This is quite stupid and childlike movement! Why Iran now? There is no such condition for Kurdish ground gains in Iran at the moment.

  2. Alan Jonson
    April 20, 2016 at 11:37 am

    2 Following its deal with the West, Iran government is stronger and the opposition is muted and weakened.

  3. Alan Jonson
    April 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

    3 In addition, there are some new conditions of independence in Iraqi Kurdistan, and conditions of Federalism in Rojava.

  4. Alan Jonson
    April 20, 2016 at 11:39 am

    4 Such an attacks served the interests of Turkey in angering Iran and making it an enemy of Iraqi Kurdistan independence or Federalism in Rojava

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