Resurgence of terror and repression following the deal with Iran

  • Four improvised explosives devices (IED), containing more than 25 kilograms of TNT, had been defused at the headquarters of Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan near Sulaimani.
  •  Iranian agents assassinated more than 270 activists belonging to various Kurdish opposition parties inside the Southern Kurdistan Region between 1992-1997.
  • Iran has repeatedly threatened the authorities in the Southern Kurdistan Regional Government to prevent the activities of its Kurdish opposition groups.
  • Kurdish leaders have warned that a nuclear deal with the Iranian regime means a blank check to the regime to further destabilize the region and continue and even broaden repression at home.
  • Iranian regime officials have warned to retaliate against new wave of Iranian Kurdish Peshmarga activities inside Iran and on the border areas.

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan said that four bombs had been defused at its camp near Sulaimani on Sunday and accused Tehran of being behind the potential terrorist attack.

“Komala had already warned that the Iranian regime, after clinching its detrimental nuclear deal with the West, will attack the regime’s opponents in Iran and Kurdistan,” the group said in a statement.

It identified the Iranian regime as its only enemy and called on the international community and authorities in the Kurdistan Region to act against the Iranian regime’s “terrorist attempts in the region.”

Four improvised explosives devices (IED) “contained more than 25 kilograms of TNT,” the statement claimed.

“The camp was evacuated to prevent any possible explosion and five IEDs were detected and defused by the Kurdish security forces,” Salih Sharifi, a Komala leadership member, told Rudaw.

He said the bombs were planted by an Iranian government spy inside the group who had absconded with his family from the Kurdistan Region after placing the bombs at Komala’s Zargwez camp, 20 kilometers southwest of Sulaimani, where the group has been settled since the 1980s.

In a statement,  Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, PDKI condemned these terrorist plots and called on the international community to consider the heightened risk of terrorist attacks against the democratic opposition and Kurdish organizations in particular in the wake of the nuclear deal with Iran.

“At the same time we want to remind that before the nuclear deal between world powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran we warned that the Islamic regime will strengthen its terrorist proxies in the [Middle East], which will result in further destabilization of the region, as well as engage in acts of terrorism,” the statement read.

“We call on the international community and the P5+1 [the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany] countries to seriously consider the heightened risk of terrorist attacks by the Islamic Republic of Iran against the Kurdish organizations of east [Iranian] Kurdistan based in south [Iraqi] Kurdistan and, to the extent possible, take concrete measures to prevent such attacks,” PDKI said in its statement.

PDKI also called on world powers to consider the fact that “even without nuclear weapons, the regime Islamic Republic of Iran constitutes a grave threat to the international community, the neighboring countries as well as the Iranian population.”

The Iran based Organization for Human Rights in Kurdistan (RMMK) also condemned the planting of bombs and terror operations against the political parties of Iranian Kurdistan.

“The Organization for Human Rights in Kurdistan strongly condemns terror plots and views such plots to be counteractive to the achievement of a peaceful resolution to political and non-political disputes. Furthermore, we strongly condemn the planting of bombs and explosives in and around the bases and headquarters of the Komala as completely unjustified and uncivilized,” the statement read.

Iran’s influence in Iraq is at its highest since the fall of Saddam Hussien in 2003.  It has reached its current peak because of ISIS battlefield successes and the subsequent Iranian deployment to counter them.

In a policy forum on November 14, 2013, Michael Knights and David Pollock warned of Iran’s presence and influence in Kurdistan Region of Iraq where in Suleimanyeh province alone, Iran had 700 safe houses where it conducts its secret business.  David confirms that in his recent visit (2013) he related that anecdote to a very senior KRG official, who said, “well David, that number is even higher today.”

“Iran wants to keep taps on Iranians and Kurds in the KRG in order to prevent what it feels could be a terrorist or subversive or ethnically disruptive movement inside its own borders, and there are many Iranian ex-pats or asylum seekers or dissidents or just economic migrants in the KRG, and most of Iran’s agents in the KRG and all of those safe houses are keeping tap on those people. They do it effectively, they scare people because they are nasty and they secretive and they are pretty effective,” David further added.

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