Kurdish exile group says Iran is attacking its bases in northern Iraq

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ErBIL, Iraq (UKTN) — Iranian missiles and drones slammed into the bases of an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq late Sunday night, the group said.

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, a Kurdish Iranian group exiled in Iraq, said in a statement that Iranian surface-to-surface missiles and drones hit its bases and neighboring refugee camps in Koya and Jejnikan. The group also claimed that the strikes hit a hospital in Koya.

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There were no direct reports of casualties.

Some Kurdish groups have been embroiled in a low-intensity conflict with Tehran since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, with many members seeking political exile in neighboring Iraq, where they have established bases.

Iran claims that these groups incite anti-government protests in Iran and smuggle weapons into the country, which Kurdish groups have denied.

Tehran has regularly launched airstrikes against the bases of Kurdish groups in Iraq. During a visit to Baghdad last week, Iran’s Quds Force commander Esmail Ghaani threatened Iraq with a military ground operation in the north of the country if the Iraqi army does not reinforce the countries’ shared border against Kurdish opposition groups, Iraqi and Kurdish officials said.

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Sunday’s Iranian attacks in northern Iraq come a day after Turkey launched deadly airstrikes over the northern regions of Syria and Iraq targeting Kurdish groups Ankara blames for last week’s Istanbul bombing.

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