In this news bulletin from Iranian state TV, the news anchor states that the vigilance of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) forces forced several terrorists to abandon their planned terror attack in western areas of the country. The newsreader states that “The terrorists were confronted decisively by the vigilant Seyyed al-Shuhada forces [a militia affiliated to the IRGC], with three of the terrorists killed in the subsequent fighting and four more wounded.” Another member of the group was arrested, the newsreader continues, with the remaining members of the group fleeing across the border. One of the regime troops was “martyred” in the fighting, the presenter says, while another was injured.
The ‘terrorists’ referred to are Kurdish freedom fighters, with the newsreader and Iranian media generally careful to avoid mentioning the armed struggle of Kurdish forces in the west of the country, always referring to any military action by Kurdish groups, such as the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) as “terrorism” or “insurgency”. The PDKI resumed its armed struggle with the Iranian regime in April 2016, with other Iranian Kurdish groups such as the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) and Komalah expressing solidarity with the PDKI’s cause; both groups have also clashed with regime forces, in 2016 and 2017 respectively, while a fourth Iranian Kurdish rebel group, the PJAK, resumed its military activities against the regime in 2016 after a long hiatus.
The clashes are the latest in a long period of what PDKI described as “growing discontent” in East Kurdistan and the Kurdish regions of Iran (also known as Rojhalat, or Eastern Kurdistan). The commander of the PAK’s military wing said that their engagement in military activities against the regime and their declaration of hostilities against the Iranian government was due to the fact that “the situation in eastern Kurdistan [Iranian Kurdistan] has become unbearable”, especially with the regime’s daily arbitrary executions of Kurds in Iran.
Other Kurdish groups are also resuming their military struggle against the theocratic regime, with Kurdish rebels recently targeting regime forces in the country’s Kurdish areas. The regime has escalated its brutal repression of the country’s minorities, including Kurds, as part of its efforts to quash growing domestic discontent.