Kurdish entrepreneur murdered by Iranian missiles

On Monday evening, Iran fired ballistic missiles into Kurdistan, Iraq. These were fired at, among other things, the house of the Kurdish entrepreneur Peshraw Dizayee. We didn't know each other well, but we had a lot of mutual friends. The incident has not only sparked grief and outrage, but also heightened tensions between Iran and the Kurdistan Region.

Peshraw Dizayee
Peshraw Dizayee

Peshraw Dizayee: An aspiring Kurdish entrepreneur

Peshraw was born in 1966 in Erbil, Kurdistan Iraq. Year after the Kurdish uprising against the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the situation in Kurdistan came to a head. He also fled to Sweden in 1991. He lived there until the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. After the country was liberated from the dictator, those who had been persecuted were able to return.

He also founded Falcon Group, a company that provides services in various sectors such as security, oil, gas, construction and agriculture. He was a philanthropist and supported schools, hospitals and families of Peshmerga fighters who lost their lives fighting the Islamic State (ISIS).

The devastating rocket attack

On Monday evening, Iran launched a rocket attack on Erbil, allegedly to hit “spy centers” of the Israeli secret service Mossad. Among the targets was Peshraw Dizayee's house. The attack completely destroyed his home and killed him and other family members, including his 11-month-old daughter Zhina. His wife and other children were injured.

Kurdish authorities vigorously denied Iran's claims that Dizayee's house was a Mossad base. They emphasized that Dizayee was not politically active and had no connections to intelligence services or political groups. The attack sparked horror and outrage in the region.

The background to the attack

Although Iran claims that the attack was in response to Israel's previous killing of IRGC members, the exact reason for the attack on Dizayee and his family remains unclear. However, it is believed that Iran wanted to send a message to the Kurdish region and intimidate the leadership in Erbil.

The Kurdish region of Kurdistan has seen an increase in drone attacks in recent weeks, largely carried out by Iranian proxy groups, targeting the American base at Erbil airport. However, the recent rocket attack on Dizayee's house is different from these retaliatory attacks.

The reactions and the demand for protection

The Kurdish authorities strongly condemned the rocket attack and called for measures to protect the Kurdistan Region from such aggression. They stressed that the Kurdish region has never posed a threat to Iran and that such attacks violate the region's sovereignty and the security of its citizens.

The international community, including the United States, also condemned the attack, calling it reckless and inaccurate. It was stressed that such attacks on civilians were unacceptable.

Given the increasing threats from Iran and the need to ensure the security of the Kurdistan Region, calls for air defense systems and increased protection are growing louder.

The rocket attack on Kurdish entrepreneur Peshraw Dizayee and his family has sparked deep sadness and outrage in the region. It is a tragic event that has further heightened tensions between Iran and the Kurdistan Region. The Kurdish region and the international community call for measures to protect against such attacks and to ensure the sovereignty and security of the Kurdistan Region.