Iraq has undertaken a commitment to disarm and expel anti-Iran terrorists operating in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, says a high-ranking commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
“We are waiting for the government of Iraq to honor its commitments, and have offered them an opportunity (to flush out the terrorists). Otherwise, and if no action is taken, the IRGC’s strikes will persist,” IRGC Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Saturday.
Asked by Tasnim if the Baghdad government has a deadline of months or days, the general said the Iraqi government itself knows the given time.
Since September 24, 2022, the IRGC has launched several rounds of airstrikes against the positions of the terrorists who are holed up in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The IRGC has urged the central government in Iraq and authorities in Kurdistan to meet their commitments toward Iran and take necessary measures to secure the border.
On November 21, 2022, positions of anti-Iran separatist and terrorist groups in northern Iraq came under combined attacks using missiles and kamikaze drones. The strikes targeted the positions of the notorious ‘Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan’ (PDKI) and the Komala Party in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam television news network reported at the time.
According to the network, one attack saw four missiles being fired against a PDKI position in the town of Koy Sanjaq in Erbil Province. A separate attack featured kamikaze drones smashing into another site belonging to the group near the Baharka village.
Simultaneously, kamikaze drones struck positions associated with Komala across two locations near the city of Sulaymaniyah.
Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units or Hashd al-Sha’abi, said the attacks set off warning sirens at the United States’ Consulate in Erbil.
Local Kurdish sources said the attacks killed as many as 26 members of the terrorist groups.