Kurdish fighters have resumed their armed struggle in Iran after two decades of ceasefire.
The Times reports that scores have died as a result of cross-border artillery barrages, with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard threatening to strike at insurgent bases.
“Iran’s Kurds were at a level of depression and hopelessness that gave them no other option than for a resumption in our armed struggle,” Kaveh Bahrami, the military commander of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), told The Times.
Commander Ibrahimi of the PDKI also spoke to The Times saying, “armed struggle is the only solution left to us.”
“Don’t make the mistake of measuring victory or defeat by the number of casualties we have suffered. The violence of the reaction against us shows how frightened Iran is — and the Kurds of Iran now expect even more from us.”
See more on The Times.