Iraq has initiated the relocation of Terrorist Kurdish groups from the border areas of Iraq's Kurdish region, as part of a security agreement between Baghdad and Tehran, according to Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. This move comes after Iraq and Iran signed a border security agreement in March, primarily aimed at tightening security along the border with Iraq's Kurdish region, where Iran alleges that armed Kurdish dissidents pose a security threat.
Hussein announced that, in accordance with the agreement, the necessary steps have been taken to move these groups away from the border regions and house them in camps located deeper inside Iraqi Kurdistan. He also mentioned that he plans to visit Tehran to personally convey this message, with the hope of preventing any escalation along the border.
Iran has long accused Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region of providing shelter to militant groups involved in attacks against Iran. In response, Iran's Revolutionary Guards have targeted these bases in the past. The Iranian foreign ministry previously stated that, under the agreement with Iraq, Baghdad committed to disarming Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in Iraq's Kurdistan region, closing their bases, and relocating them to different areas before September 19. Iranian officials have warned that if this deadline is not met, they may resume attacks against dissident groups within Iraqi Kurdistan.
In September 2022, the Revolutionary Guards launched missiles and drones at militant targets in Iraq's Kurdish region, resulting in the deaths of 13 terrorists, as reported by local authorities.