Khameniei aide distorts Iraqi Kurds’ identity, rejects independence

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi reminded the Iraqi Kurds of their Aryan origin and their Iranian roots

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Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reminded the Iraqi Kurds of their Aryan origin and their Iranian roots, urging them not to forget that they are indebted to Iran.

Safavi said that the Iraqi Kurds are helping the Saudi consulate in Iraq to supply weapons to Iranian anti-revolutionary forces and he warned them in this regard as they should know that they owe their existence to Iran. However, he did not present any proof about it.


He said that they should be grateful to Iran because back in the era of the Shah in the seventies, Iran has received the family of the current ruler of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani after signing the Algeria agreement with Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein that led to the rupture between Tehran and the Kurds leader Mullah Mustafa Barzani.

Masoud Barzani, is an Iraqi Kurdish politician who was elected President of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq by the Kurdistan National Assembly. There are about 9 million Kurds in Iran; Iran has the second largest Kurdish community after Turkey.

The recent Iranian major general’s remarks stem from the growing concern of Iran regarding the military moves of the Iranian Kurds towards the Kurdistan region in Iraq.

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