Daesh claimed responsibility for the June 2017 attack on the Iranian Parliament building. Omid Vahabzadeh/TIMA via REUTERS
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Daesh (ISIS) may be on the wane in Iraq and Syria but for Iran, the threat is still strong, centered on Kurdish communities along the Iraq-Iran border where militants have operated in recent years.In late January, three members of the Revolutionary Guard were killed in the Bamo region fighting 21 Daesh militants who had snuck in from Iraq. In the fall of 2016, a number of Kurdish Daesh militants led by Abu Aisha came to an Iraqi border village near Halabja to try to establish a base of operations which could carry out attacks in both Iran and Iraq, according to Iraqi security officials familiar with the matter.The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), an Iranian opposition group fighting for greater autonomy for the Kurdish community, posted a report online in 2014 about militants spreading propaganda for Daesh and trying to recruit young men for the group in Iran.A report issued by Iran's Ministry of Interior noted in 2014: "Many Salafist Iranian Kurds have announced the readiness to join Daesh in Iraq and many have traveled to Syria.
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