The Iranian Foreign Ministry warns that the country’s “strategic patience” with terrorist groups operating on the Iranian-Iraqi border is at an end and calls on the authorities of the Iraqi regional government of Kurdistan (KRG) and Baghdad to disarm the counter-revolutionary forces.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said in a press conference on Monday that Tehran has lost patience with terrorist groups in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in Iraq and will not continue its terrorist acts against the Islamic Republic.
“Given some terrorist attacks by [anti-Iran] Groups in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, we have practiced strategic patience paired with tact to solve this problem in our own way. The message from Iran to the region and Baghdad is that this approach can no longer be continued, ”Khatibzadeh told reporters from the press service.
The spokesman stressed that the presence of terrorist groups in the region violates good neighborly relations with Iraq as well as international law.
“It is not possible to see the presence of military bases of anti-Iranian terrorist groups on the borders of the Kurdistan region and in Iraq. We cannot see the establishment of military bases where terrorist groups receive military training to attack Iran. That violates international law, ”said Khatibzadeh.
He also called on officials in the KRG and Iraq to disarm the terrorist groups, pointing out that the authorities there had been informed of the warning sent to Iran and that these bases must be dismantled.
“Baghdad and the region have been told that these actions are no longer acceptable and that these groups and bases must be disbanded and disarmed,” said the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, adding: “The region and the Iraqi central government must meet their legal obligations . ““ In this regard.
The Kurdistan region in Iraq has long been used by anti-Iranian terrorist groups such as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its offshoots for occasional attacks on Iranian border guards and border areas in the north-west of the country.
The attacks were met with devastating responses to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and other military units stationed in these areas.
As early as September 9, the IRGC’s ground forces were using combat drones and intelligent and precisely guided artillery to target terrorists in the rugged mountains of Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
The retaliatory attack came days after the force’s commander, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, warned the KRG against terrorist groups using their territory to threaten the Islamic Republic.