Iranian forces killed 30 Kurdish inside Iraq; An Iranian court ban Iran’s two reformist political parties
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  • General Abdolrasoul Mahmoudabadi of the Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards noted that the Iranian forces crossed into neighbouring Iraq and killed 30 fighters of “terrorists” group. Iran has promised earlier that it would target armed groups on Iraqi soil. But this is a rare case when Iran has actually admitted to an attack. Last week, an explosion in the town of Mahabad in Iran’s northwestern Kurdish region had killed 12 women and children during a military parade. Iran had accused the Kurdish separatists for this attack. However, Kurdish groups had denied taking responsibility for it and condemned the attacks. Iran has also blamed Israel, the US and supporters of Iraq’s previous regime for supporting the Kurdish groups.1

    On the domestic front, an Iranian court has barred two leading reformist parties which supported opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in last year’s presidential election. A judiciary spokesman, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie stated that the Islamic Iran Participation Front and Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organisation had been ‘dissolved and suspended their activities.’ In April, a hardline political watchdog associated with the Interior Ministry had blamed the two parties of undermining national security of the nation.2