ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Society of Revolutionary Toilers of Iranian Kurdistan, known as Komalah, resumed their armed struggle against the Iranian government ahead of the elections to be held on May 19.
“We have retaken up our armed fight to defend workers, Kulbers, and the families of those killed by the Iranian government,” Ibrahim Minsham, a Komalah commander told Kurdistan24 on Saturday.
Minsham mentioned that the group would continue to defend the people of Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat) against Tehran.
The group's Peshmerga forces, which includes both men and women, reaffirmed they would sacrifice their lives to bring freedom to the people of Iran.
“Peshmerga soldiers get martyred for the sake of Kurdish freedom in Iran,” a female Peshmerga told Kurdistan24. “Peshmerga means courage and combating tyranny.”
“I felt injustice and tyranny imposed on us. That is why I joined Komalah: to gain my rights and the rights of all workers in Rojhilat,” another Peshmerga from the group stated.
Komalah was founded by a group of Kurdish workers in Rojhilat in 1969 and officially established in 1979. After a decades-long ceasefire, it is the third Kurdish opposition group to restart its armed struggle against Iran, following the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iran (PDKI) and Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
In the past few years, Iran has repeatedly bombed the Kurdistan Region border, targeting the Kurdish rebel groups in the area.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has also called on both Kurdish opposition groups and the Iranian government to put an end to these clashes and not to transform the Kurdistan Region territory into a battlefield.
Editing by G.H. Renaud
(Teyfur Mohammed contributed to this report)