“Protection of people’ security is the most important responsibility of the Armed Forces and they will use any necessary tools within their reach to attain this goal. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Armed Forces will adopt any measure any time and in any form it wants to safeguard people’s security,” General Shadmani said on Saturday.
He pointed to the last week missile strikes by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iran (KDP-I) terrorist group in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and said these terrorists have been fighting militarily against the Islamic Republic for the past 40 years, have martyred many defenseless Iranian people and fomented insecurity.
General Shadmani described the KDP-I and Komalah terrorist groups’ acts as instances of mercenary missions for the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, and said that they had promised in an agreement with the IRGC nearly 12 years ago, mediated by former late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, not to have armed activities against Iran, “but they broke their promise and launched terrorist attacks on Iran’s borders and border checkpoints, provoked by Saudi Arabia and the Zionists”.
In relevant remarks on Thursday, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underlined the precision and power of Iran’s long-range missiles which can hit enemy targets 2,000km away.
“Those who have forces, base and equipment near and in the 2,000-km radius of Iran’s holy territories should know that all IRGC missiles enjoy high precision power,” General Jafari said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran.
He also lauded the IRGC’s last week missile attacks against the KDP-I terrorist group’s positions in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and said, “This capability had a highly decisive message for all enemies, specially those who think that they can impose their filthy goals and bullying to us.”
General Jafari said that the missile strikes took revenge for the blood of those martyrs killed by the terrorist groups in Marivan region and Kurdistan province in Western Iran.
In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined that the recent missile strikes launched by the IRGC on the headquarters of KDP-I terrorist group in the Iraqi Kurdistan region was successful, and warned that similar attacks would pursue if Iran’s enemies prove to be adamant.
“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.
“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 last Sunday confirmed the last 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.