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Iran kidnaps retired Kurdish senior officer

File: An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter takes up position in the town of Bashiqa, 13 kilometers northeast of Mosul, on August 12, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
File: An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter takes up position in the town of Bashiqa, 13 kilometers northeast of Mosul, on August 12, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Kurdish media reports that an unknown Iranian military force crossed into Iraqi Kurdistan over the weekend and kidnapped a retired peshmerga colonel and his bodyguards from the man’s farm 4 kilometers inside Kurdish territory.

The ex-officer, Sayid Bahadin, was a member of the ruling KDP party, and the Kurdistan Regional Government applied pressure on Iran for the return of the four captives.

“KRG got immediately involved, therefore after one night of detention, they released us,” Bahadin tells the KNN news channel.

The Kurdish government is demanding an explanation from Iran, who maintains the whole episode was a mistake.

An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter takes up position in the town of Bashiqa, 13 kilometers northeast of Mosul, on August 12, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter takes up position in the town of Bashiqa, 13 kilometers northeast of Mosul, on August 12, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

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