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 Iranians shell anti-Iranian Kurdish PEJAK guerrillas in Kurdistan region-Iraq

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Iranians shell anti-Iranian Kurdish PEJAK guerrillas in Kurdistan region-Iraq  23.5.2007 







May 23, 2007

Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region (Iraq), May 23, -- Iranian forces have launched an operation against the anti-Iranian Kurdish Party of Free Life in Kurdistan (PEJAK) in Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

Iranian forces bombarded Kurdistan's (northern Iraq) rugged Qandil mountains with mortars on Wednesday, targeting PJAK Kurdish guerrillas, a local official said.

The barrage lasted much of the day and targeted several villages, said Hussein Ahmed, the mayor of Bashdar, one of the targeted villages.

"I expect there will be both human and material losses, but I don't know right now the extent of the damage," he told reporters.

The Iranian army entered Kurdistan (northern Iraq) and was shelling the Hajiumran area, reported by  PUKmedia news site.

PEJAK, took up arms for self-rule in the country's mainly Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran. Half the members of PEJAK are women, many of them still in their teens.

The snow-capped Qandil mountains run along Iraq's Kurdistan border with both Turkey and Iran and are home to separatist guerrillas from the anti-Iranian faction PEJAK, an offshoot of Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), which opposes Turkey.

The movements have fought for decades for the autonomy of the Kurdish people, though recently they claim to have abandoned violence in favour of a peaceful solution.

Turkey has threatened to invade the northern Iraqi PKK haven if their activities are not reigned in by the Iraqi Kurdish regional government, while Iran frequently shells the area.

PEJAK Kurdish woman fighter, (PEJAK - Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan), PEJAK fights against the Iran regime for  self-rule in the country's mainly Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran  AP

Authorities in the Kurdistan region (northern Iraq) deny the presence of PEJAK operations in the area and said they were unable to establish contact with the region.

AFP | Agencies

Iranian Kurdistan
** Iranian Kurdistan (Kurdish: Kurdistana Îranę or Kurdistana Rojhilat (Eastern Kurdistan) or Rojhilatę Kurdistan (East of Kurdistan)) is an unofficial name for the parts of Iran inhabited by Kurds and has borders with Iraq and Turkey. It includes the greater parts of West Azerbaijan province, Kurdistan Province, Kermanshah Province, and Ilam Province. Kurds form the majority of the population of this region with an estimated population of 4 million. The region is the eastern part of the greater cultural-geographical area called Kurdistan.
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The present leader of the organisation is Haji Ahmadi. According to the Washington Times, half the members of PEJAK are women, many of them still in their teens, and one of the female members of the leadership council is Gulistan Dugan, a psychology graduate from the University of Tehran. This is due primarily to the fact that PJAK is strongly supportive of women's rights. PJAK believes that women must have a strong role in government and must be on an equal level with men in leadership positions.

More about PEJAK- Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan

The use of the term "Kurdistan" is vigorously rejected due to its alleged political implications by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize the existence of a "Turkish Kurdistan" Southeast Turkey. The Kurds have no rights in Turkey.

Others estimate as many as 40 million Kurds live in Big Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Armenia), which covers an area as big as France, about half of all Kurds which estimate to 20 million live in Turkey.

The Kurdish flag flown officially in Iraqi Kurdistan but unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia. The flag is banned in Iran, Syria, and Turkey where flying it is a criminal offence"

Southeastern Turkey: North Kurdistan ( Kurdistan-Turkey) wikipedia 

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