Kurdistan PDKI Peshmerga, Iranian soldiers clash in Mariwan

PDKI Peshmerga, Iranian soldiers clash in Mariwan
PDKI Peshmerga fighters on the border of the Kurdistan Region with Iran, June 23, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – On Saturday morning, clashes erupted between Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iran (PDKI) Peshmerga fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the city of Mariwan, Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhalat).

Mariwan is a Kurdish city located in northwestern Iran.

According to Iranian IRNA News Agency, two Peshmerga fighters have reportedly been martyred during the clashes.

PDKI released an announcement stating that Iranian soldiers attacked Peshmerga forces in Du Choman, Bagrdan, Hassan Chap and Pengwen near Mahabad on Friday afternoon.

According to PDKI, several Iranian soldiers were killed and wounded during the clashes.

The statement also mentioned that on Saturday morning, Iranian soldiers ambushed Peshmerga fighters in Sawllawa near Mariwan city where a Peshmerga fighter was ‘martyred.’

Iran has recently started to shell several Kurdish villages near its border with the Kurdistan Region. Peshmerga fighters and those who help Peshmerga in the fight against Iranian soldiers are the primary targets.

The following are photos published by PDKI media showing the shelled Kurdish villages by Iran near the border.

On June 15, violence broke out when Iranian troops opened fire on a group of PDKI forces near the village of Qarasaqil in Shino (Oshnaviah), north east of Iran.

PDKI sources claimed 11 Iranian forces, including the army’s deputy commander, were killed, and five others wounded.

Iranian media, quoting military leaders, confirmed the confrontations with the Kurdish forces but stated that only three Iranian soldiers were killed.

Shorsh Ibrahimi, a PDKI Peshmerga commander, told Kurdistan24, “We were attacked by Iranian forces near the village of Qarasaqil and, to defend ourselves, we engaged in a fight with the enemy’s army.”

After the clashes, Iranian artillery started shelling the village, destroying civilians’ homes, and killing one person.


Editing by Karzan Sulaivany