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Iran’s Impending Military Intervention In Iraqi Kurdistan: Catalysts and Unintended Consequences (Jacob Lees Weiss, The Jamestown Foundation)

The Iranian Foreign Ministry warned on October 4 that its “strategic patience” with what it described as anti-Iranian terrorist groups operating in the Iraqi Kurdistan region had come to an end (Pars Today, October 5). The remarks followed threats by both Iran’s top military commander, Mohammad Bagheri, and minister of intelligence, Esmaeil Khatib, of intensified Iranian military activity in Iraqi Kurdistan if the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi government continued to refuse to confront these anti-Iran groups (Tehran Times, September 25).

In recent years, Turkey has also intensified its military presence in northern Iraq to target the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) by establishing up to 40 military bases and pushing its buffer zone deeper into KRG territory (The New Arab, June 18). [1] Compared to this, Iran’s military footprint in Iraqi Kurdistan has remained low-profile. However, with Iran now mimicking the “either you do it, or we will” rhetoric used by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding Turkey’s extensive military operations against the PKK, it appears that Iran could be laying the groundwork for a similar large-scale military intervention of its own in KRG territory (Shafaq, June 2).

Iran’s Impending Military Intervention In Iraqi Kurdistan: Catalysts and Unintended Consequences – Jamestown

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Iraq Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqi and Kurdish prime ministers discuss election tensions in Kirkuk (Al Monitor)

The heads of the Kurdistan Region and federal governments in Iraq attempted on Wednesday to defuse election tensions in the disputed city of Kirkuk.

On Monday night, tens of Kurdish youth in Kirkuk celebrated in the streets after the preliminary results from the Iraqi election were released. The Kurdish parties won six of the 12 seats in the city, which also has sizable Arab and Turkmen communities. Police accused the group of damaging property, and security forces allegedly dispatched a convoy of military trucks to break up the celebrations. They also arrested tens of Kurdish residents, the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw reported.

Iraqi and Kurdish prime ministers discuss election tensions in Kirkuk – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Iran Iraqi Kurdistan

Iran to dismantle terrorist groups in Iraqi Kurdistan: Commander (IRNA)

Iran to dismantle terrorist groups in Iraqi Kurdistan: Commander

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned terrorist groups settle in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region that if they continue evil activities, Iran would dismantle all of them.

General Baqeri said that officials in Iraqi Kurdistan Region do not care about the issue, adding that the weaknesses of Iraq’s central government are caused by US presence in the country, all of which have caused active presence of terrorist groups in northern Iraq.

Iran to dismantle terrorist groups in Iraqi Kurdistan: Commander – IRNA English