Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Iran Shelling Kurdish Border Towns

Iraq’s Kurdish Security Forces spokesman confirmed today that the border towns of Sanka Sar and Joman and surrounding villages have come under continued shelling by Iranian forces pursuing Iranian Kurdish rebels in the border region.

“Iranian troops did not make any incursion into the Kurdistan region, but the villages near the border have faced artillery shelling for the past week, displacing some 120 families from Joman near the border," said Major General Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for the Kurdish Peshmerga [Reuters].

On Sunday, Kurdish officials said one woman was killed and another wounded in shelling.

Iranian forces frequently clash with rebels of the PJAK.


Anonymous said...

I see the Zionist regime sending more weapons and support to both PKK (Iran) and PJAK (Turkey) branches of terrorists as their confrontation with Turkey grows. MOSSAD has the largest operation in Kurdestan based at Salahdin. Yesterday's PJAK 122mm rocket strike at Turkish naval base at Iskenderun is an ominous developmet and has MOSSAD modus operandi all over it. The anti-Turkish propaganda on the Kurdish language service of Kol Israel is also quite telling.

Six Turkish soldiers have been killed and seven injured in a rocket attack on a navy base in the country's south, state media reports.

Suspected Kurdish rebels fired on a military vehicle carrying troops in the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun.

Nader Uskowi said...


No doubts that many foreign powers have interests in Kurdistan. This has been the case going back to the aftermath of WWII, where an independent Kurdish Republic was established in Iran with the help from the Soviets. The main question confronting the Iranian government, however, is how to address the root causes of discontent in the country's Kurdish region. Until and when those root causes are addressed adequately, rebel activities and foreign interventions will remain. A military solution pursued by IRGC will not resolve the problems.

Anonymous said...

Sir Nader,

Root cause of Kurdish criminalities lies in their willingness to be seduced by foreign dollars.

They see it as a "no loss" situation,

1 Money for organizing an exodus

2 Later they move to sweden and request asylum. (and claim to be against Govt.)

What they leave behind is hurt Iranians (regardless of them being Kurdish, Lori or Rashti)

The likes of them (Pejak PKK) have been there for at least 100 years, they all hav e been destroyed, the fate of these group is also the same.

Nader Uskowi said...

I guess you just proved my points. A 100-year problem can not be attributed to bad apples among the population. The central government needs to pursue massive economic development and social reform in the border regions.

Anonymous said...

Nader, I agree with the economic development aspect, however, the Kurdish problem fans into both Turkey and Iraq as well. In both those nations the Kurds have fared far worse than in Iran, where there are barely 4 million Kurds compared to 14 million Turkey. In Iraq about 5 million Kurds were literally locked down by Saddam. To some extent the 'shah" created the Kurdish problem for Iran by supporting anti-Iraq extreme Kurdish groups like Mullah Mustafa Barzani's Pesh Merga etc, who received massive funding and weapons from the CIA and MOSSAD. The Zionist military legation in Tehran was the main conduit for their base at Sanandaj. Iran also used the anti-Saddam Kurds as leverage in its Arvand Rood conflict until the Algiers agreement in 1975. Now the enemies of Iran are playing the same game with Kurds. There is potential for severe BLOWBACK ala Afghanistan for the region.

Iran needs to take a dual track of economic development/integration and creating security. The support for PEJAK terrorists in Iranian Kurdistan is very limited. The major headache for both Iran and Turkey lies in the US occupied Iraqi Kurdistan where these terrorists have bases and snactuaries not to mention foreign advisors.

Nader Uskowi said...

My last visit to Kurdistan (Mahabad) was in 2004. Didn't take me long to observe lack of development, poverty and discrimination (religious and national). Of course security is necessary for any meaningful development projects anywhere, and Kurdistan is no exception. But i believe the security situation has been used and misused for too long by Tehran to justify their lack of a concerted effort to develop the region. After all, the Islamic Republic has been in power for more than 30 years. The government needs to come up with a realistic 5-year development plan for the region. IRGC can not do that work.

Anonymous said...


At my age, I remember well, how they (border people of Kurdish origin) kept cutting the heads of Doctors and nurses off, not to mention the teachers who had been assigned to build schools. remember the arson and killing of the teachers by some local head of a tribe?

Those people were worse than the Taliban 40-45 years ago. Now they can read and write, and they have roads and hospitals, airports and internet, they have exactly the same as the guy in Lorestan, if not more...but their priorities have changed, they prefere to go to Sweden to be fed through and for that they tollerate the occasional racial slur.

However you are right, and investments have to take place. Please be my Guest and lead the way.