1 Killed in new Iranian attacks on Iraqi Kurdish group

IRBIL: Iran carried out cross-border strikes against Kurdish opposition groups in Iraq overnight, killing at least one fighter, a week after similar attacks on groups Tehran accuses of fomenting protests at home.

Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian woman, 22, died in custody days after she was detained by morality police for allegedly violating the country's strict dress code for women. His death sparked two months of protests that have rocked Iran.

A Peshmerga soldier was killed during the Iranian assault on Koysinjak, also known as Koya, according to Ali Boudghi of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), according to AFP on Monday.

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According to the Iraqi Kurdistan Anti-Terrorism Department, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps "repeatedly bombarded Iranian Kurdish parties" late on Sunday, without mentioning any injuries.

In Koya and Jeznikan, which are close to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, the PDKI claimed Iran had attacked it with missiles and suicide drones.

Iran's oldest Kurdish party, the PDKI, claimed that "these indiscriminate attacks are taking place at a time when Iran's terrorist regime (Iranian) is unable to end the ongoing protests in Kurdistan."

The Iranian Kurdish nationalist organization Komla claimed that the attacks had also targeted northern Iraqi installations.
It said on Twitter, "The Islamic Regime attacked our headquarters once again this evening. We are fully prepared for such attacks and there are no casualties at the moment."

The "illegal" Iranian strikes near Irbil were condemned by the US Central Command, which coordinates US military operations in the Middle East.

"We condemn this evening's Iranian cross-border missile and unmanned aerial attack," General Michael Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM, said in a statement.

Such indiscriminate and unlawful attacks put civilians at risk, violate Iraqi sovereignty, and threaten the hard-won security and stability of the Middle East.

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Early Monday, Iranian missile and drone attacks against "three Iranian opposition parties in (Iraqi) Kurdistan" were also covered by Iraqi state news agency INA.

The most recent Iranian strikes came a day after Turkey carried out airstrikes against militant Kurdish groups operating illegally in northern Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara accuses of being responsible for an explosion that killed six people and injured 81 in central Istanbul last week, was the target of Turkey's attack.

Ankara and its Western allies have designated the PKK as a terrorist organization because it has been waging a bloody insurgency in Turkey for decades. It has denied any role in the explosion in Istanbul.

Less than a week has passed since similar cross-border attacks by Tehran resulted in at least one death.
Since the protests began, Tehran has stepped up its attacks and blamed Kurdish-Iranian opposition groups based in northern Iraq for inciting "riots" at home.

In Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, Iran launched attacks in late September, resulting in the deaths of more than a dozen people.

Several Iranian Kurdish opposition organizations that have engaged in armed insurgency against Tehran in the past are based in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Their activities have decreased recently, but the recent wave of protests in Iran has raised tensions once again.

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