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Iran vows to use 'deterrent military measures' against Kurds

Brigadier general Mohammad Pakpour commander of Ground Force of Iranian Revolutionary Guards [Wikipedia]
Brigadier general Mohammad Pakpour commander of Ground Force of Iranian Revolutionary Guards [Wikipedia]

Iran yesterday vowed to take "deterrent military measures" against Iranian Kurds who are waging attacks against the Persian state from camps in northern Iraq.

"Iran will not remain silent over border destabilisation events and will respond in the appropriate time," the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Ground Forces, Mohammad Pakpour, warned in a statement.

Iran recently targeted Kurdish opposition armed groups stationed in northern Iraq, mostly in areas controlled by the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Pakpour called on the Iraqi government and the Kurdish authorities "not to allow armed terrorist groups to exploit Iraqi lands against Iran," adding that any negligence from the Iraqi side goes against the principle of "good neighbourliness".

"Iran will respond appropriately," the Iranian official reiterated, calling on the residents of the border areas in northern Iraq "to stay away from the militants' headquarters."

Tehran had repeatedly warned that it would take preventive measures if Baghdad did not expel Iranian Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan region.

READ: Iran calls on Iraq to expel Iranian opposition from Kurdistan region

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