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The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the recent retaliatory missile strike against the terrorists based in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region sends a “meaningful” message to the enemies, who imagine they can bully us.
Iran’s military chief says officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government had been repeatedly warned before the IRGC launched missile strikes against anti-Iran elements in the region, warning Iran will have to repeat the strikes if terrorists continue to stage plots inside Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the Islamic Republic’s recent attacks on terrorists’ positions in the Iraqi Kurdistan were both retaliatory and pre-emptive.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has confirmed it has conducted missile strikes against terrorist groups in the Iraqi Kurdistan, saying it meant to punish the groups that in recent years have intensified their anti-Iran operations.
Several rockets, said to have been fired from the Iranian territory, hit the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) on Saturday, killing at least 14 and wounding dozens of others from the anti-Iran terrorist groups, Kurdish media reported.
The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces has dismissed statements by a senior Turkish military official on Iran's support for joint military action in northern Iraq against the PKK militants.
Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said the Kurdish people of Syria proved that they would never allow the US and Israel to gain a foothold in the war-hit country.
Iran will resume direct flights between Tehran and the Iraqi city of Erbil from April 27 after a six-month hiatus which saw Baghdad and its neighbors impose an air ban on the regional Kurdistan government over a secession bid.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has offered his condolences to Iraqi Kurdistan’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani following the death of his brother Dilovan Barzani on Monday.