“They (the separatist terrorists) had promised not to carry out operations in Iran but they have broken their promise since last year, provoked by the US and the regional states, and carried out operations which could not be tolerated and they were notified several times,” General Baqeri told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
“The Iraqi Kurdistan region also made efforts (to stop them) but these people disobeyed due to the provocations done by others, and this couldn’t be tolerated,” he added.
“I say now too that the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Kurdistan regional government should not allow creation of strongholds to foment insecurity and actually, they should extradite them (the terrorists) to Iran,” General Baqeri said.
“If they cannot extradite them, they should expel them and if such events which foment insecurity happen (again), the incident (Iran’s response) which annihilated the culprits and criminal commanders can be repeated. This is the right of self-defense and such insecurities should not be repeated,” he underlined.
General Baqeri confirmed that Iran has attained its goals of targeting a meeting of terrorists and their commanders in Iraqi Kurdistan region with missile strikes, stressing that it indicates the Iranian nation’s power.
“We hope that God willing we won’t need to do it again,” he said.
The IRGC in a statement on Sunday confirmed the Saturday missile strikes against the headquarters of the KDP-I terrorist group in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, vowing harsher response if terrorist attacks continue.
The statement said that the missile strikes were launched after the terrorist group launched attacks on bordering areas in Iran, fomented insecurity and conducted sabotage acts in West Azarbaijan, Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in Western Iran.
“The IRGC Aerospace Force’s missile unit in cooperation with the IRGC Ground Force’s drone unit targeted the headquarters and a meeting of the leaders of a filthy and criminal grouplet and a center for training affiliated terrorists with 7 short-range ground-to-ground missiles yesterday (Saturday),” it added, noting that the center was destroyed and tens of leaders and key agents of the grouplet were killed and wounded.
The statement underlined that the missile attacks were launched after the ringleaders of the terrorist groups neglected the serious warnings of the Iraqi Kurdistan region officials about the Islamic Republic’s determination to remove their bases and end their aggressive and terrorist acts against Iran.
It underlined the Iranian security and Armed Forces’ vigilance to safeguard the country’s territories, warning the terrorist groups that there will be more crushing response if they risk to resume attacks on the Islamic Republic.
On Saturday morning, Iranian missiles targeted the headquarters of the KDP-I and the Democratic Party of the Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) terrorist groups in Koya.
The missiles specifically targeted the KDP-I’s political bureau, the PDKI’s training center, and a Peshmerga complex.
According to the KDP-I’s statement, the bombardment killed 14 members of the two parties and injured 40 more. The Secretary of KDP-I, Mustafa Mawludi, and his predecessor, Khalid Azizi, were also among those wounded during the attack.
The party also revealed the identities of the fallen members, which were: Karim Mahdawi (Karim Saqzi), Ibrahim Ibrahimi (Braim Zewayi), Nasrin Hadad, Rahman Piroti, Suhaila Qadri, Hashim Azizi, Osman Osmani, Karim Rasulzada (Mam Sherko), Hawre Karsaz (Hawre Shekhani), Peshawa Said Omar, Jamal Akbari, and Mansour Akbaripur.
The statement mentioned that two Peshmerga members of the other party, the PDKI, were also killed and their names are yet to be announced.
The KDP-I added that two other members of its party are yet to be found, and are believed to be trapped under the rubble of buildings hit by missiles.