Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas

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Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas
Leader Ashraf Dehghani
Foundedc. April 1979;40 years ago (1979-04) [1]
Split from Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Kurdistan, Iran (formerly)
Ideology Marxism-Leninism

The Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas (IFPG; Persian : چريک‌های فدایی خلق ایران, romanized: čerikhā-ye Fadāʾi-e ḵalq-e Irān), also known as Dehghani faction (Persian : جریان دهقانی) after its leader Ashraf Dehghani, is an Iranian communist organization that split from the Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas (OIFPG) in 1979, dropping the word 'organization' from its name. [2]

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Dehghani broke away from the OIFPG when she accused it of deviating from the strategy of guerrilla warfare. From the ealy days of Iranian Revolution, the group claimed to be the "sole genuine communist organization" and opposed the Islamic Republic. Reportedly, as much as 30% of OIFPG members joined the group and fought in the 1979 Kurdish rebellion against government forces, backing the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. [1] Surviving members of the group and its factions moved to Europe in the 1990s. [3]

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