‘We have warned the KRG’ about presence of opposition groups: IRGC commander

Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Sardar Mohammad. (file)

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SULAIMANI — A commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Monday (September 6) that Tehran has cautioned officials in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about tolerating the presence of Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in the Kurdistan Region.

"We have warned the KRG several times about the movements of some armed groups in the northwestern border area of Iran that have been trying to distort the security of the Iranian border," commander Sardar Mohammad told the semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

Muhammad added that Iran would forcefully respond to those groups and that people living in the border areas should not approach the groups’ bases.

He added that both Baghdad and Erbil prevent those groups from threatening Iran’s security.

There are a number of Iranian Kurdish opposition groups operating in the Kurdistan Region, occasionally clashing with the Iranian security forces across the border.

Iran and Turkey both target fighters from these groups inside the Kurdistan Region.

Last month, several people were found guilty of assassinating a Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) official in 2018 on behalf of Iran, a practice that appears to continue.

Turkey mostly targets fighters belonging to the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

A number of other groups, including the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, also operate in the Region.

(NRT Digital Media)