Iran strikes Kurdish groups in Iraq

Smoke rose from the headquarters of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran at their base in Iraq yestesrday.Ako Rasheed/Reuters

In northern Iraq, Kurdish resistance organizations are being attacked by Iranian security troops. In response to the killing of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman who was killed in police custody, Tehran has accused the organizations of inciting unrest.

The offices and paramilitary sites of organizations located in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq have allegedly been targeted by drone and missile attacks by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, particularly in the cities of Erbil, Sulaimaniya, and Pirde.

Particularly violent domestic unrest has been occurring in Kurdish communities in northwest Iran, close to the Iraqi border. Amini, a local, passed away while visiting Tehran with her family.

Details: Nine people died in Iraq yesterday as a result of days of Iranian bombing. Children among the other injured parties number at least 32.

Iranian protests, which are largely organized by women, have grown to be the authoritarian regime’s most pervasive foe since 2009. More than 20 institutions witnessed a widespread strike by students and faculty members yesterday.

Crackdown: On Monday, Iranian authorities reported that more than 1,200 people had been detained and that 41 protestors had been killed. Human rights organizations claimed the death toll was likely far higher.


To punish Kurds for their role in supporting protests following the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in Iranian police custody that are still rocking the Tehran regime, Iran conducted a fatal cross-border airstrike into northern Iraq.

The Iranian drone attacks on military installations in northern Iraq that are affiliated with the exiled Kurdish Democratic party of Iran resulted in up to 13 fatalities and 58 injuries.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) said in a statement that “the forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran assaulted the bases and headquarters of the KDPI with missiles and drones.”

While the US referred to the attacks as audacious, Iran claimed it was hitting terrorist bases.

The attack happened as Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivered a speech to the country to express his sorrow over the passing of Mahsa Amini two weeks prior and to accuse the demonstrators of being stooges of foreign governments.

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The ultraconservative president declared that “the enemy has attacked national unity and tries to set people against one another.”

Raisi stated that Iran will not accept “chaos and riots,” but he also suggested that there may be “conversation” on “alternative techniques of applying the law”—possibly alluding to the stringent implementation of the hijab requirement by Iran’s morality police.

Raisi’s mention of dialogue is unlikely to appease a confident young generation of Iranians who have lost faith in the elderly clerical establishment, especially since it was the hardline president who ordered a stricter application of the hijab laws earlier this summer. This was the first time Raisi directly addressed the street protests on national television.

Under the condition of anonymity, Iranian activists told the Guardian: “Our confidence is building. Despite the arrests, we are not giving up. It is absolutely lovely. There is hope that this time, something will be different.


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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