Iran Seeks Cooperation with Iraq to Disarm and Relocate Anti-Iranian Kurdish Groups

The IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news agency has reported that IRGC Major General Mohammad Bagheri, the Chief of Staff for the Iranian Armed Forces, has “called for the full implementation of an agreement with Iraq on the disarmament and relocation of anti-Iranian terrorist groups in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.”

Iran has frequently targeted the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), and the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistanwho it views as threats to regional security and interests. Kurdish separatist groups have long waged war against Iran, seeking to establish an autonomous and sovereign Kurdistan.

Last year, Iraq and Iran signed a security cooperation agreement aimed at “protecting the common borders between the two countries and consolidating cooperation in several security fields.” Under the agreement, Iraq pledged to “not allow armed groups to use its territory in the Iraqi Kurdish region to launch any border-crossing attacks on neighbor Iran.”