A commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Monday warned Iraqi and Kurdish authorities that they could launch cross-border assaults on opposition groups based in the Kurdistan Region.
Mohammed Pakpour, the commander of IRGC’s ground forces was quoted by Tasnim News Agency, threatening officials of Kurdistan Region for what he called “terrorist activities” of Kurdish-Iranian opposition parties located in the region.
In a joint statement, a group of Kurdish political parties condemned the threats, and said they will hold Tehran responsible for any harm to civilian populations.
Iranian forces periodically shell border areas with the Kurdistan Region.
Several Iranian Kurdish armed opposition groups have their bases in the Kurdistan Region’s mountains. They sometimes clash with Iranian security forces in the Kurdish areas of western Iran.
In a joint statement from Kurdish parties, issued by the Cooperation Center of Iranian Kurdistan political parties, they condemned Iran's threats and said they will hold Tehran responsible for any harm done to civilian populations and property, and the environment.
“The regime’s problem is with the stability and development of the Kurdistan Region,” the statement read.