In a statement, PDKI condemns the terrorist attack by the Islamic State, IS, against civilians in the Kurdish city of Qamishlo in western (Syrian) Kurdistan.
A delegation headed by Hama Nazif Qaderi, member of PDKI’s leadership, held two separate meetings with the Group of Communities in Kurdistan, KCK, as well as Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, PUK, to discuss regional developments and challenges.
In an interview with Voice of America’s Persian service, Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of southern (Iraqi) Kurdistan, rejected Iranian claims about Saudi military support for Kurdish organizations in eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan. Barzani also said that “conditions for a negotiated solution of the Kurdish issue in Iran are nonexistent.” He expressed southern Kurdistan’s willingness to act as mediator to resolve the Kurdish issue in Iran if conditions for a peaceful solution materialize.
In a statement, PDKI’s leadership rejects Iranian allegations that the Kurdish nation’s struggle for its national rights and human dignity is an international conspiracy against Iran. PDKI also responded to recent military threats by Iranian officials, vowing to continue the struggle in pursuit of the liberation of the Kurdish people.
PDKI’s new strategy of linking the struggle of the Peshmerga Forces in mountains with that of the civilian population in the cities of eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan has presented the Islamist regime in Iran with different challenges. The Iranian regime has responded to these challenges with a combination of military threats and political charades.
In a letter to the French president François Hollande, the leader of PDKI Mustafa Hijri expressed the party’s strong condemnation of the terrorist attack in Nice and the Kurdish nation’s condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
Every year, on July 13, Kurds in the diaspora commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou. This year, Kurds in London, Berlin, Olso, Stockholm, Paris, Vienna and Washington staged demonstrations to condemn Iranian state terrorism. Kurds and their European and American friends also demanded justice for Dr. Ghassemlou, assassinated by Iranian diplomats in Vienna, Austria.
Since clashes erupted between PDKI’s Peshmerga Forces and Iran’s Islamic guards on June 15, the Iranian regime has taken various steps to cover up the casualties of its troops. The dead bodies of 31 soldiers, which Iran claims were killed in Iraq, are about to be transferred from the Kurdish city of Mariwan to the city of Sne (Sanandaj).
Yesterday, July 11, PDKI called on the Kurdish people in eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan to stage a general strike to commemorate the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou. The strike has been launched in the major cities of eastern Kurdistan.
July 13, 2016, marks the 27th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou by Iranian diplomats in Vienna, Austria. PDKI has in the past called on the Kurdish people in eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan to stage general strikes to commemorate the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou. This year, PDKI calls for a general strike against the backdrop of the party’s new strategy of interlocking the struggle of our Peshmega Forces in the mountains with the struggle of the Kurdish people in the cities.
Following ten days of heavy clashes between PDKI’s Pesgmerga Forces and Iran’s armed forces in the Mariwan region of eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan during the past two weeks, Iran arrested and prosecuted 150 of its own soldiers. These soldiers, who had been deployed to the Mariwan region, have been prosecuted for their reluctance to fight a Peshmerga platoon present in the region.
Hassan Sharafi, the deputy leader of PDKI, answered a number of important questions regarding PDKI’s policies in a recent interview with the Kurdish media outlet Rudaw. PDKI’s new strategy of continuing and reinvigorating the party’s decades-long struggle in pursuit of the liberation of the Kurdish nation gives priority to the party’s Peshmerga Forces, Sharafi explained.
In a statement the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) strongly condemns Iran’s military aggressions in Kurdistan and expresses continued support for democratic opposition groups in their struggle for democracy and national rights.
Following ten days of clashes in the Sawlawa region of Mariwan, clashes continued on Tuesday in the village of Boriar. Two of our brave Peshmergas, Kawa Jawanmard and Sarkawt Samadi, fought a large force of Iran’s Islamic revolutionary guards, armed with heavy artillery. Following a heroic battle that lasted for two hours, and in which a number of the Iranian forces were killed, Kawa Jawanmard and Sarkawt Samadi were unfortunately martyred.
One of my favorite figures in Kurdish history is Qazi Mohammad (1898-1947). Qazi was publicly executed by the Iranian government in 1947. 67 years after his hanging, his fierce yet poetic tongue in the face of his nation’s enemy still captivates my mind. A hero, a scholar, a family man, a patriot, a leader, a believer…Qazi Mohammed will always remain in Kurdish history, as one of the most influential and loved leaders.
Passages from the diary of one of PDKI’s new Peshmerga recruits have appeared in the party’s newspaper. The diary, written by Aso Salih, details the discipline and rigor of Peshmerga training, but also comradeship and the moral and political edification of the Peshmergas.
A graduation ceremony was held for a new platoon of Peshmergas in the Halgord Mountains, located on the border between eastern (Iranian) and southern (Iraqi) Kurdistan. Since the PDKI Peshmerga Forces returned to their former bases and locations in the border region between eastern and southern Kurdistan in late spring of 2015, they have offered Peshmerga training programs for new recruits in their traditional strongholds in the Qandil Mountains and other locations. A Peshmerga Commander announced that in spite of Iranian shelling, new recruits have successfully completed their training.
During the past weeks, PDKI’s Peshmerga Forces have clashed with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in several Kurdish villages and towns, resulting in heavy losses on the Iranian side. The IRGC has shelled villages and senior Iranian military officials have threatened to target refugee camps and civilians in southern (Iraqi) Kurdistan.