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At least three civilians killed during latest IRGC strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan
The IRGC said it used "Fateh-360 missiles and suicide drones” in its operations against the Kurdish militants
By News Desk - September 28 2022
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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) continued its strikes in the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Erbil, on 28 September.

The strikes resulted in nine deaths, including three civilians, and 24 injured, according to local reports.

Several armed Kurdish groups, including the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK), and the Komala party have been targeted by the IRGC for five consecutive days in the provinces of Sulaymaniyah and Erbil.

The IRGC said it used “Fateh-360 missiles and suicide drones” in its operations against the Kurdish militants, resulting in the PAK suffering several casualties as a result of the artillery shelling on its base near Kirkuk, however, the casualties and damages have yet to be disclosed.

According to Tasnim news agency, the IRGC artillery bombed these bases after they had received a large number of weapons in cities near the country’s borders to spread chaos and disorder.

The IRGC launched its operation on 24 September, and in a warning to civilians, called on local residents of the Kurdistan region north of Al-Gharaq to ​​”stay away from the headquarters and centers of groups hostile to Iran.”

In a statement, the IRGC clarified that the aim of these attacks is to “provide security, punish the perpetrators, and push the Kurdistan region’s authorities to assume responsibilities for their legal duties.”

The camp of opposition groups in Sulaymaniyah province’s Zargwez, along with the headquarters of the KDPI in Koya, were also targeted.

“The terrorist regime of Iran has attacked the headquarters of our party in Koya,” the KDPI tweeted.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry of Affairs condemned Iran’s operations saying that these strikes will only increase national tensions.

The foreign ministry reiterated that it “strongly condemned the repeated violations of its territorial sovereignty,” stressing that “the bombing carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran on opposition headquarters, under any pretext, is an incorrect position, a distortion of the course of events, and aroused our astonishment.”

Iranian officials have called on the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to curb the activities of Iranian-Kurdish militant groups in the region, claiming that Israeli agents are stationed in the area, which the KRG denies.

Back in March, the IRGC launched an attack targeting a Mossad base in Erbil. According to the reports, a number of Mossad agents were killed, while several others sustained serious injuries.

The bases were allegedly being used by the Israeli intelligence agency “to train saboteurs for attacks against Iran and Iranians,” a senior Iranian source told The Cradle at the time.

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