'Iran would not have dared' attack if true

Masoud Barzani dismisses Iran’s ‘Mossad’ accusations

In an interview with Iman Al-Hamoud for Monte Carlo Radio, Masoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, dismissed Iranian allegations that Mossad centers are operating in Erbil as “baseless.”

Barzani argued that the claims are not only unfounded but also known by Iran to be false.

“The accusations from Iran are baseless, and Iran knows better than anyone that these are false claims,” Barzani stated. “Iran would not have dared to bomb Erbil if the city actually housed Mossad headquarters.”

Highlighting his birthplace, Iran’s Mahabad, Barzani reflected on the historical desire for peaceful relations between Kurdistan and Iran, “We have never desired to have strained relations with Iran, nor have we allowed the region to be a place from which to threaten Iran’s security.”

Barzani detailed the extent of aggression faced by Erbil, citing “143 attacks with ballistic missiles and drones by Iran or its affiliates” from 2020 to 2021. He criticized the justifications provided by Iran for these actions, particularly denouncing the attack that killed an 11-month-old girl, which Iran defended by claiming they had targeted a Mossad officer. “Striking a peaceful innocent family and killing an 11-month-old girl is a heinous crime,” he remarked, dismissing the legitimacy of Iran’s accusations.

On the topic of the Iranian opposition’s presence in Kurdistan, Barzani clarified, “Following a tripartite agreement between the federal government, the Kurdistan Region, and Iran, the Iranian Kurdish opposition complied and withdrew from border positions to residential areas on the outskirts of Erbil, in accordance with the agreement.” This move, he explained, was part of a longstanding effort to maintain cordial relations with Iran, despite Iran’s contrary actions.

When asked about the performance of Al-Sudani’s government and the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s role within it, Barzani shared, “When we participated in the government of Mr. Al-Sudani, it was based on a political agreement, and the ‘State Administration’ coalition was formed based on the agreement.” He acknowledged Al-Sudani’s efforts amidst challenges, signaling a cautious yet supportive stance towards the government’s future.

Barzani expressed confidence in the resilience and potential of the Kurdish cause’s third generation, particularly in light of their performance against ISIS. “It’s a good question. I had the same concerns, but during the war with ISIS, we struggled for about two months, after which a new generation emerged, one that is sturdier, more experienced, and has a stronger will,” he said, showcasing his optimism for the future leadership of Kurdistan.