Mohamed Alizadeh is an Iranian Kurd who converted to Christianity and now lives in Iraqi Kurdistan. He works with a Christian non-governmental organization based in the U.S.
He has been a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-Iran) since 2011 and is involved with broadcasting. He says he was wounded in a bombing targeting the partyâ€™s headquarters in Iraq. The party accuses Iran of responsibility.
The KDP-Iran manifesto states that its â€œstrategic objective is the right of self-determination for the Kurdish nation of Eastern Kurdistan within a democratic and federal Iran in the form of a Kurdistan republic. A voluntary and just union will be the foundation of the Kurdistan Republicâ€™s relationsâ€™ with other national communities in Iran.â€
Kurds refer to the Kurdish region of Iran as East Kurdistan. The manifesto says the party also supports self-determination for other ethnic groups in Iran. It identifies itself as a â€œsecular organizationâ€ with â€œfaith in the separation of the religion from the state.â€
Alizadeh spoke with Ryan Mauro, Clarion Projectâ€™s Shillman Fellow and national security analyst.
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