The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has resumed its bombing campaign against Kurdish parties in the mountainous regions surrounding the cities of Kamyaran, Sarvabad, and Marivan in the Kurdistan province of Iran.
The Defense Units of Eastern Kurdistan (YRK) Command has issued a statement detailing the ongoing military action conducted by Iranian forces against their own ranks. According to the statement released on Friday, the operation began at 05:30 on 12 June in the Kosalan region and is ongoing.
The YRK emphasised that the Iranian army has declared Kusalan a restricted military area, forbidding civilians from entering. The operation involves the deployment of hundreds of soldiers and armoured vehicles. Intense clashes between the Iranian army and the YRK occurred on 13 and 14 June.
As per the YRK statement, the area has been subjected to repeated attacks with mortar shells. The YRK forces have not suffered any casualties thus far, according to the statement.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, an armed clash erupted between the IRGC and the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) guerrillas in the villages surrounding the city of Marivan. The confrontation led to the death of at least one member of the Revolutionary Guards, with two others sustaining injuries.
The YRK and the Women’s Defense Units of Eastern Kurdistan (HPJ) serve as the guerrilla armies of the PJAK and are subject to frequent attacks, not only from Iran but also from Turkey. On 4 June, a YRK fighter died in a Turkish drone attack in the Asos Mountains within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Turkey’s airstrikes have been an ongoing issue for years in the region, approximately 200 kilometres from Turkey’s border.