Separatists face off against security forces in western Iran
Internal security forces are working to contain what appears to be an armed separatist insurgency in the Kurdish city of Javanrud
By News Desk - November 22 2022

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Armed clashes between Kurdish separatist elements and the Iranian security forces in the city of Javanrud in Kermanshah province of Iran escalated on 22 November, as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its auxiliary forces increased their efforts to contain the chaos.

Reports indicate that security forces surrounded Javanrud and blocked major roads to deal with the situation.

The armed separatists and rioters reportedly tried to erect barricades and occupy parts of the city after several days of violent provocations.

According to Mehr News Agency, the armed rioters had caused severe damage to public property.

The night before, on 21 November, rioters set fire to two houses belonging to military personnel while women and children were present inside.

They reportedly intimidated residents of the area, looted houses, threw Molotov cocktails, and terrorized civilians.

According to Deputy Head of Security of the Kermanshah Province Mohammad Pourhashemi, “some offices, public property, service providers and even residential houses have been attacked by the rioters.”

Fars News Agency reported that the rioters also attacked the IRGC and security forces in what began as stone-throwing but later escalated into using live ammunition.

Additionally, separatists reportedly attacked the IRGC ground force brigade to seize an ammunition warehouse.

Entekhab News Agency reported the deaths of three rioters who were killed in a “suspicious manner.”

Kurdish human rights group Hengaw said seven people were killed on 21 November, while the Kurdistan Human Rights Network placed the toll at five.

Fars News Agency also reported that on the night of 20 November in Javanrud, rioters opened fire on security forces, killing two people and injuring four.

As of recently, the riots have been most prominent in northwestern Kurdish-majority provinces, including the cities of Mahabad, Bukan, and Piranshahr in West Azerbaijan.

The clashes, which are the result of what appears to be an armed separatist insurgency, have been portrayed by western and opposition media as an ongoing massacre of innocent protesters.

Iranian authorities maintain that security forces have yet to deploy live ammunition against the rioters. The mainstream media, however, alleges that security forces are using heavy machine guns.

Armed attacks by rioters have been rising across the country, and conflicting reports and narratives continue to emerge as the reality on the ground remains unclear.

On 22 November, the IRGC also launched a new drone attack on the headquarters of the Kurdistan Freedom Party in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

This attack came just one day after the IRGC targeted the bases of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and the Komala Party in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR).

Commander of the IRGC Ground Forces Mohammad Pakpour issued a warning statement, urging the people to evacuate: “The people of the northern region of Iraq should evacuate areas around the terrorists’ headquarters and military camps,” as many targets are adjacent to civilian areas.

Since late September, the IRGC has launched several raids against the Kurdish separatist positions in the IKR. According to Iranian officials – and even to former senior US official John Bolton – these groups are being trained with the aim of fueling unrest across the Islamic Republic.

Officials have described the IKR as a “hub” for foreign intelligence operations, including those of the CIA and Mossad.

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