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Iran says missile attack on Kurdish base a 'warning' to foreign powers

The missile attack targeted the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran's headquarters [AFP]

Date of publication: 13 September, 2018

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said that a missile attack on Iranian Kurds in Iraq should serve as a warning for 'arrogant foreign powers'.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Thursday that a missile strike launched on a Kurdish rebel base in neighbouring Iraq last week should serve as a warning to "arrogant foreign powers".

The remarks echoed previous Iranian warnings to the Washington, which have described the US as the "world arrogance".

The Revolutionary Guard fired seven medium-range ballistic missiles at the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of Iran in Koysinjaq in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, causing major casualties and damage with what they described as a precision strike.

"With a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles), our missiles endow the Iranian nation with a unique ability to fight against arrogant foreign powers," Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari told the semi-official ISNA news agency.

"All those that have forces, bases and equipment within a 2,000 kilometre radius of Iran's sacred borders should know that (our) missiles are highly accurate.

Relations between Iran and the US have nose-dived since President Donald Trump abandoned a landmark nuclear agreement in May and reimposed crippling sanctions.

"(Our) recent vengeance upon terrorists had a very clear message for enemies, especially superpowers who think they can bully us," said Jafari.

The KDPI had sent numerous "terrorist teams" into Iran's West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in recent months, according to the Guards.

Iran's ballistic missile programme is a bone of contention, particularly for Washington, which has repeatedly accused Tehran of seeking to destabilise the region.

Tehran says its missile arsenal is vital to its defence in a troubled region.

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