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 Iran Revolutionary Guards kill 26 Kurdish PJAK rebels 

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Iran Revolutionary Guards kill 26 Kurdish PJAK rebels  24.8.2009 




August 24, 2009

Orumieh, Iranian Kurdistan, — Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have killed 26 Kurdish PJAK rebels in Iranian Kurdistan (northwestern Iran), a commander of the guards was quoted as saying on Sunday by the Fars news agency.

"In an operation to clean up the West Azerbaijan and Kurdistan provinces of counter-revolutionary and terrorist groups, 26 of the agents were killed," said Mohammad Pakpoor,
www.ekurd.net who was described by Fars as commander of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces.

He said the operation had delivered a "massive blow" to the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and other Kurdish rebel groups.

He gave no indication of the period in which the killings took place but said that no guards forces were killed in the operation.

The commander vowed a further "crackdown on any instigators of insecurity directed by foreign or internal counter-revolutionaries" in the region.


Western Iran, which has a sizeable Kurdish population, has seen deadly fighting in recent years between Iranian security forces and PJAK rebels operating from rear-bases in neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan.                  

Since 2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran (Iranian Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK are women.
The group is closely allied with the Turkish Kurdish rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the international community.

The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane) (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan), is a militant Kurdish nationalist group based in border region of northern Iraq with Iraq that has been carrying out attacks Iranian forces in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (Eastern Kurdistan) and other Kurdish-inhabited areas.

PJAK is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Confederation (Koma Civaken Kurdistan or KCK), which is an alliance of outlawed Kurdish groups and divisions led by an elected Executive Council.

Led by Haji Ahmadi, the PJAK’s objective is to establish a semi-autonomous regional entities or Kurdish federal states in Iran, Turkey and Syria similar to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq.

Since 2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran (Iranian Kurdistan, Eastern Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK are women. The PJAK has about 3,000 armed militiamen.

The United States on February 4, 2009 added the Iranian Kurdish PJAK militant group opposed to Iran to its list of terrorist organizations.

Iraq,
www.ekurd.net Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million Kurds live in Iran.

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