June 28, 2016: A Persian Spring may be closer than it seems as the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran clashed with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Northern Iran, resulting in 11 dead KDPI fighters. AlALAM, an Iranian propaganda outlet that broadcasts and publishes in Arabic, is labeling the KDPI fighters a “gang of terrorists tied to an anti-Iran Kurdish terror outfit”
Once again, Iran has utilized their media to falsify and embellish the truth, thereby playing the victim. The IRGC – not the Kurds — were the first ones to begin this bloody quarrel, which is rooted in Tehran’s Kurdish discrimination. Iran also continues to place the blame on its neighbors, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and even Iraq, for violent actions that continue to occur within its own borders.
It is apparent that Iran is not as unified as it would appear to be when compared to the civil strife in neighboring countries. This dissension within the theocracy will only intensify as the KDPI and other resistance groups continue to push back against the Iranian regime in attempt to take back the country. The ultimate goal for the Kurdish party is to transform Iran into a Democratic nation. If KDPI uprisings continue, they could spark uprisings by other oppressed minority groups within Iran, such as the Baha’is and reformers.
According to the news organizations Kurdistan 24, Iranian newspaper Fars News, accused Saudi Arabia of sending “two sleeper cell terrorist organizations” through its Consulate “to carry out terror attacks.” However, there is no evidence or suggestion that Saudi Arabia was involved at all. Saudi Arabia continues to deny this claim.
This is yet another example of Iran blaming other regional entities for their internal strife. Are Iran’s leaders beginning to lose a grip on their country to minority opposition groups? The conflict between the Iranian government and its Kurdish Peshmerga is predicted to become even more bloody in the coming months.