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News of Iran targeting Peshmerga sites in the Kurdistan region of Iraq with 6 drones
Publication date: 09.09.2021 | 20:50 GMT |Arab world news


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Iran's Fars news agency reported, quoting Rudaw TV, citing an official of the Peshmerga command, that Iran targeted, with 6 drones, Peshmerga sites in the Kurdistan region of Iraq this morning.

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Revolutionary Guards target Iranian opposition sites in Iraqi Kurdistan
Revolutionary Guards target Iranian opposition sites in Iraqi Kurdistan
"The Kurdish forces found the remains of the march that targeted one of the Peshmerga headquarters," Rudaw TV quoted Kaveh Bahrami, an official in the Peshmerga command, as saying.

Bahrami added that "the Peshmerga forces are able to distinguish the Iranian drones from the Turkish drones," explaining that "the Iranian drones fly at low altitudes and differ in sound from the Turkish ones."

The channel added that the attack took place at six in the morning local time, as the Iranians targeted with fighter jets, 6 marches and artillery fire several points in the city of Sidakan and the Choman district in the region.

An account affiliated with the "Kurdistan Democratic Party" on "Twitter" stated that Iranian warplanes targeted the areas of Sidakan, Choman and Haj Omran in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Rudaw also quoted other sources as saying that two Iranian fighters targeted the village of Barbizin and other villages in the region.

And Iraqi sources in the Kurdistan region confirmed this morning, Thursday, that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard had dropped a booby-trapped drone at a site for the Iranian opposition in northern Iraq.

The sources told RT that "the Revolutionary Guards used drones and cannons to bomb the opposition Kurdistan Democratic Party's sites, and also used a booby-trapped drone to hit one of the opposition's sites."

Source: RT + Fares + Rudaw

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They probably used the drones received from Afghanistan.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 5:06 PM
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Iran’s Guards Target Kurdish Rebels in Iraqi Kurdistan: Report

 

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Iranian-backed Hashd al Shaabi fighters in Kurdistan’s Sinjar region. Photo: File.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Thursday used artillery and drones to strike Kurdish militants based in neighboring Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, the Iranian state broadcaster IRIBreported.

“In this operation, the headquarters of those conspiring against Iran’s national security was destroyed,” IRIB quoted the Revolutionary Guards as saying about the latest attack on the rebels based in neighboring Iraq.

There are frequent clashes in the remote and mountainous border region between Iranian security forces and Iranian Kurdish militant groups opposed to the Tehran government, such as the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), linked to Kurdish PKK insurgents in Turkey, and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI).

On Monday, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, the head of the Guards’ ground forces, said Iran was preparing to retaliate against the militants based across the border and urged civilians there to “stay away from the terrorists’ headquarters in order to avoid harm,” Iranian news agencies reported.

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Iran continues to bomb border villages in Iraqi Kurdistan

Artillery and drones target opponents
Saturday - 3 Safar 1443 AH - 11 September 2021 AD, Issue No. [15628]
 
 
 

On Friday, Iranian artillery bombed border villages belonging to Erbil Governorate, in light of the almost continuous targeting by Iranian forces of the border areas in the region for days, under the pretext of the presence of elements and headquarters of the opposition Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran in them, after threats from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards with a strong response to the activities They are hostile to Iran, and warn the people of the villages in the area to stay away from the headquarters and areas where the militants are.
The director of Sedkan district, Ihsan Chalabi, said that "Iranian artillery targeted the village of Barbaziniyeh with artillery on Friday afternoon, for a full hour, without causing human losses," noting that "the pastures are empty of shepherds after the bombing operations began days ago."
Chalabi confirmed that "the targeting operations have been going on for days on the villages and pastures of the area, and artillery had targeted the villages of Talan, Barbizina and Banrashkinan on Thursday morning, which prompted the people not to go out to the pastures during this period in anticipation of the bombing."
A security source in Joman district, who declined to be named, told Asharq Al-Awsat that "the Iranian forces used drones carrying explosives (booted) and dropped them in different areas of the district on Thursday, targeting areas where the Peshmerga of the Iranian Democratic Party are expected." Noting that "the Iranian forces targeted the vicinity of the village of (Walash) in the Qusra district in the Balkayti area, in the borders of the Joman district."
On Monday, the commander of the ground forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Muhammad Pakpour, announced that the "enemy forces" of his country "continue their activities in the Iraqi border areas, despite warning officials of the Kurdistan region several times about these forces and their activities," noting that "the Revolutionary Guards' patience has run out." The Iranian Republic will have a strong response to these activities.” The IRGC warned the residents of the border region in the Kurdistan Region to stay near the headquarters of the anti-Iranian militants so that they would not be harmed.
Muhammad Taqi Osanloo, commander of the Hamza Sayyid al-Shuhada Center, one of the most powerful formations of the Iranian “Guard” said in a statement that “the region should not sponsor these factions in its protectorate, and they must be expelled and prevented from exploiting the region’s areas for their anti-Iran activities,” noting: “We have been informed.” The officials of the region that these factions must be expelled and their activities ceased from the regions of the region,” adding that “our forces will continue to attack these factions.”
For his part, Hassan Qadirzadeh, head of the Peshmerga Committee in the Kurdistan Democratic Party - Iran, announced in statements that “the Revolutionary Guards have made military preparations in the border areas in recent days, and mobilized large forces in the areas of Marivan, Banah, Sardasht, and Piranshahr,” noting that “preparations have been made in the border areas in recent days.” It started after threats made by the commander of the ground forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.”

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Iran Attacks Kurdish Militants in Iraq

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga stand holding flags of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region a training session by German military officers during the German Defence Minister's visit at a facility on the outskirts of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous region, on August 21, 2019. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / …

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10 Sep 202131
5:06

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the theocracy-controlled wing of the Iranian military and a designated terrorist organization, launched rocket and drone attacks across the border into Iraq on Thursday, targeting Kurdish militant groups Iran claims are a threat to its security.

“In this operation, the headquarters of those conspiring against Iran’s national security was destroyed,” the IRGC declared through Iranian state media on Thursday.

One of the Kurdish groups in question, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), countered by claiming there were no casualties from the strikes and said it was able to capture one of the six Iranian drones employed in the attack.

The mayor of Choman, one of the towns that came under attack, also said there were no casualties.

Kurdish news service Rudaw reported the Iranian attack began around 6:00 a.m. and targeted multiple locations in the Chiman, Haji Omran, and Sidakan regions of Erbil province, using a combination of drones, artillery, and warplanes. The attack came three years to the day after an Iranian missile strike hit KDPI headquarters and killed at least 16 people.

The KDPI has ties to the Kurdistan Democracy Party (KDP), the governing party in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and also to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a violent separatist group considered a severe security threat by Turkey. Turkey launchessporadic attacks over the Iraqi border to hit PKK positions.

The KRG and its armed forces, known as the peshmerga, were vital U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq. ISIS remains a threat in Iraq and is attacking the KRG with increasing frequency.

IRAQ, Mosul : Peshmerga fighters inspect the remains of a car, bearing an image of the trademark jihadist flag, which belonged to Islamic State (IS) militants after it was targeted by an American air strike in the village of Baqufa, north of Mosul, on August 18,2014. Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by federal forces and US warplanes pressed a counter-offensive Monday against jihadists after retaking Iraq's largest dam, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Peshmerga fighters inspect the remains of a car, bearing an image of the trademark jihadist flag, which belonged to Islamic State (IS) militants after it was targeted by an American air strike in the village of Baqufa, north of Mosul, on August 18,2014. Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by federal forces and US warplanes pressed a counter-offensive Monday against jihadists after retaking Iraq’s largest dam, as the United States and Britain stepped up their military involvement. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

IRGC ground forces commander Gen. Mohammad Pakpour on Tuesday threatened the KRG with a “decisive and harsh response” if “terrorists” continue to operate out of Iraqi Kurdistan.

“The current situation is no longer tolerable,” Pakpour said, referring to clashes between Kurdish militants and IRGC forces along the mountainous Iran-Iraq border.

Pakpour suggested KRG leadership should not risk their “friendly ties” with Iran by allowing “terrorists who have built dens” in their territory to remain a threat.

“Terrorist and counterrevolutionary groups affiliated with the global arrogance and foreign espionage services have been using the territory of northern Iraq for many years to undermine security and peace in border areas of the Islamic Republic of Iran and harass the inhabitants of these regions,” Pakpour thundered.

“In this regard, the Iraqi government and the officials of the northern region of Iraq have been given the necessary warnings,” he said ominously.

Al-Monitor described Pakpour’s “amped-up rhetoric” as a significant escalation of Iranian tensions with the Kurds. Iranian military officials and lawmakers have been increasingly strident in threatening the KRG since Supreme National Security Council Secretary Adm. Ali Shamkhani demanded last month the Kurdistan government must expel all separatist and militant groups or face “pre-emptive” action.

The PDKI shot back that Iran’s airstrikes and artillery barrage constituted a “terrorist” assault on the peshmerga:

 

 

A KRG military spokesman responded to Iran’s threats by declaring “Iraq is one” and promising not to “allow anyone to threaten its security and safety.”

The KDPI is one of many Kurdish organizations across the region that longs for greater autonomy from host governments for the stateless Kurdish people, or for outright separation from those governments so a greater Kurdish state can be formed. None of the countries that currently own the territory that would be absorbed into a prospective Greater Kurdistan is terribly enthusiastic about the idea.

KDPI fighters have been scrapping with the Iranian regime since 1989 when KDPI leader Abdol Rahman Ghassemlu was assassinated in Vienna by suspected Iranian agents. Ghassemlu had been targeted as an “enemy of Allah” by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the current Iranian regime, who declared “holy war” against the KDPI.

Several other KDPI leaders have been assassinated over the years, most recently Mousa Babakhani, a senior official in a splinter party called KDP-I who was abducted, tortured, and killed from a hotel in Erbil in July. The KDP-I accused Iranian agents of murdering Babakhani.

July marked the 32nd anniversary of Ghassemlu’s assassination. Several Iraqi Kurdish party leaders commemorated the occasion by warning the international community to be cautious when dealing with Iran and its new President Ebrahim Raisi, who is notorious for “crimes and massacres” according to an inter-party Kurdish statement. The Kurdish leaders also criticized Austria for failing to bring Ghassemlu’s killers to justice.

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5 minutes ago, md11fr8dawg said:

NOT TO WORRY all, Ole Joke Bite Me has it ALL under control. He either assigned "Heels Up" to take care of the problem (like she did the border crisis) or General Mealy Mouthed Milley. What a team!! Either way the Goat Humpers are shaking in the sandals!!

You are right dawg, shaking in their sandals that they will have free reign to do what they want

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Drone attack targeting US forces reported in Kurdish region, Iraq 

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN   
SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 00:44
Smoke rises over the Erbil, after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, Iraq February 15, 2021 (Illustrative).  (photo credit: THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)
Smoke rises over the Erbil, after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, Iraq February 15, 2021 (Illustrative). 
(photo credit: THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)

The drones were shot down by air defenses. *Erbil Airport is known to host US forces.

 
Reports on Saturday evening indicated explosions were heard in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The area has been targeted by drones frequently over the last eight months and also by rockets in the past. Pro-Iranian groups in Iraq are alleged to use drones and rockets to target US forces at Erbil airport or threaten the US consulate in Erbil. 
 
According to the local media station Rudaw, explosions were heard and it was unclear if drones or rockets at targeted the area. Reports said air defense systems, likely operated by the United States, were active. These may include a C-RAM and other systems that are in place and have been tested in the past. 
 
Local reporters such as Wladimir Van Wilgenburg tweeted that they heard several loud sounds from the area of the airport around midnight local time. According to Kurdistan24, the US-led coalition confirmed the incident. Kurdistan24 said the attack involved drones and the US used C-RAM against the attacking projectiles. It said authorities were investigating the incident. 
 
However other reports said that rockets or other projectiles also targeted the airport area. Kurdish counter-terrorism units were quoted as saying that drones were involved in the attack. Footage posted online appeared to show an explosion.
 
 
 
 
Kurdistan Regional Government foreign media spokesperson Lawk Ghafuri wrote that the “international Airport has been attacked with a drone tonight, no casualties reported and no further information is available until now, and finally, the security forces are investigating the incident and more info will come in coming hours.” 
 
The incident comes on 9/11, the anniversary of the terror attack on New York City. Pro-Iran groups have frequently targeted the US-led coalition in Iraq over the last several years. Iran also used drones on September 9 to allegedly target Kurdish opposition groups. There was a drone attack on Erbil on June 27. 
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5 hours ago, WheresmyRV? said:

And yet Iraqi politicians are kissing their masters butt over in Iran, unbelievable :facepalm:

yeah, not getting that at all. The US will end up back full force and handle Iran before this will end.....

Unless Biden gives them the right amount of payoff$$$ to make nice and stop being so mean......🤬

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  •  Time: 09/14/2021 09:01:03
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The coalition: We will shoot down any drone flying over Erbil Airport
  
{Local: Al Furat News} The commander of the international coalition at Erbil airport in the Kurdistan region, Scott DeSormo, said that the coalition will shoot down any drone flying over the airport, whether it is an attacker or not.

DeSormo confirmed that at the end of September, a defense system will be installed to protect the coalition base at the airport, and that the withdrawal of US special forces will follow.

The repercussions of the attack that targeted Erbil airport, on Saturday, are still continuing. After the US consulate strongly condemned what happened, considering it a threat to the sovereignty and stability of Iraq, a spokesman for the international coalition confirmed that the incident did not cause any injuries or damage.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Wayne Maroto, a spokesman for the international coalition against ISIS, considered that such attacks endanger the lives of civilians, stationed forces, and coalition forces.

It is worth noting that the consulate had stressed, through its Twitter account on Sunday, that these ongoing attacks represent a threat to the sovereignty and stability of Iraq.

She affirmed Kurdistan's support for identifying those responsible, stressing its commitment to work to maintain and restore peace and stability.

The recent resort to unmanned aircraft raises concern for the international coalition, because these aircraft are able to avoid the C-RAM defensive batteries installed by the US military to defend its forces.

It is noteworthy that Erbil International Airport was also targeted last July, by a drone, without causing any casualties or material damage.

Also, three drones targeted Baghdad airport, where American soldiers are deployed, weeks before this attack.

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