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Iran launched a missile attack on the headquarters of the Kurds in the city of Kuwait, which is located near Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. At least one person died. At least 10 more people were injured in Monday’s attack, said Mayor Tariq Haidari. Al-Jazeera news.

Iran’s semi-official Fars News reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was behind the attack. They had earlier announced targeting ‘terrorist groups’ with missiles and drones.

IRGC ground forces commander Mohammad Pakpour, who carried out Monday’s attack, told Fars that the attack came after repeated warnings to officials in northern Iraq and the country’s central government. They were told earlier that the ‘separatist’ groups in the region needed to be released or disarmed.

He further said, ‘It has been almost 50 days since the first attack and unfortunately no effective efforts have been taken. Furthermore, terrorists have since evacuated damaged or destroyed bases and taken up residence among the civilian population.’

Pakpour said the attack would be carried out if the Kurdish groups in the region became a threat to Iran.

According to Kurdish security sources, drone strikes were carried out on two bases of Iranian Kurdish dissidents near Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

A Kurdish rights group in Iran said on Twitter that the IRGC targeted the Komla party base in Sulaimaniyah with six drones and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan base in Kuwait with four missiles.

Since the September 16 death of Iranian Kurdish teenager Mahsa Amini, the IRGC has launched attacks on Iranian Kurdish anti-militant bases in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Iran has blamed Kurdish militants in northern Iraq for fueling the unrest that has engulfed the country.

In September, the IRGC issued a statement saying such operations would continue until the “terrorist group’s” bases were removed and until regional authorities acted on their promises.

(14 November)