Shortly after the Iranian Regime’s Revolutionary Guards Corps admitted firing seven missiles at Iraq to attack a dissident Iranian Kurdish group, Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub said: “Iraq protects the security of its neighbours and does not allow its territory to be used to threaten these countries….
Iraq categorically rejects the violation of its territorial sovereignty by strikes against targets on its territory.”
Around 30 other people were injured in the short-range surface-to-surface missile attack on Saturday, which targeted a meeting of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) at their Koy Sanjaq headquarters.
Koy Sanjaq is roughly 60km east of Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
Among those injured are KDPI’s secretary-general Mustafa Hijri and his predecessor, Abdullah Hasanzadeh.
The KDPI is Iran’s oldest Kurdish movement, seeking independence for the Kurdish people and respect for their human rights, but the Iranian Regime has designated them as a terrorist group and assassinated several of its leaders. Recently, the group clashed with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) forces in Marivan and Kamyaran, two towns in Iran’s Kurdistan region.
Because of the fear of IRGC attacks, many Iranian Kurdish groups that operate in the remote and mountainous border regions between Iran and Iraq are armed.
Following the missile attack, the Iranian Regime indulged in a further bout of militaristic threats on Sunday as the pressure on them rises following the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and renewed US sanctions that came into force in August.
At a graduation ceremony for military cadets in Nowshahr, a port city on the Caspian Sea, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iran’s armed forces: “Increase your power as much as you can, because your power scares off the enemy and forces it to retreat.
Iran and the Iranian nation have resisted America and proven that, if a nation is not afraid of threats by bullies and relies on its own capabilities, it can force the superpowers to retreat and defeat them.”
While Brigadier General Majid Bokaei, head of Iran’s main defence university, boasted that Iran had “reached a stage where [they] can export the technology to produce solid rocket fuel.”This is worrying because solid-fuel rockets can be fired at short notice.
Given the recent attack on Iraq, which is a clear violation of international laws, and the increased threats coming from the mullahs, why is Europe still trying to save the nuclear deal and appease the Regime? Surely, they should be joining with the US in putting sanctions on a country that would attack another during peacetime or risk another war in the Middle East.