Kurdistan Freedom Party
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Kurdistan Freedom Party, (Kurdish: پارتی ئازادیی کوردستان - Parti Azadi Kurdistan), abbreviated as PAK is a Kurdish political party in Iranian Kurdistan and Iraqi Kurdistan, which seeks the attainment of Kurdish national rights within a democratic federal republic of Iran. The group was founded in 1991 although it was first called Revolutionary Union of Kurdistan and changed its name to PAK shortly before 2007. One of the leading figures of the group is Hussein Yazdanpanah, often named as secretary general of the Party.
PAK has armed Peshmerga units, named Kurdistan Freedom Eagles for East Kurdistan (HAK-R). They are also sometimes referred to as "Kurdistan Freedom Falcons" (not to be confused with the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons in Turkey). Those Peshmerga have been involved in Iraqi civil war, reportedly engaging against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), side to side with other Kurdish forces. They reportedly have received training by US forces in their struggle against ISIL in Kirkuk, where they played a crucial role.
On April 2016, HAK-R attacked Iranian government security forces in Sanandaj during annual Army Day Parade of Iran, claiming to end the cease-fire and resume to armed struggle.
- Meet a Kurdish commander who stares down ISIS every day Paulien Bakker in Narratively
- The Next Iranian Revolution Michael J. Totten in ekurd.net
- Iran sends in troops to crush border unrest The Guardian 5 August 2005
- Iranian Kurdish PAK commander says Iran supports Islamic State ekurd Daily, 30 June 2016
- Fighting rages between Kurdish forces and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Wladimir van Wilgenburg in Ara News. 11 Sept 2016
- Ara News, April 2016