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 Two Kurdish PJAK rebels killed in Iranian Kurdistan: TV

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Two Kurdish PJAK rebels killed in Iranian Kurdistan: TV  19.6.2011  



June 19, 2011

CHALDRAN, Iranian Kurdistan
, —  Two Kurdish rebels were killed and one was injured by Iran's Islamic security forces in Iranian Kurdistan region in northwestern Iran, the state IRIB TV website reported on Saturday.

Iranian security forces killed two rebels affiliated to the "PJAK group" and injured another in Iran's northwestern town of Chaldran in West Azerbajan province on Friday, said the report.

The wounded person were taken away by his friends, the report said without further details or identifying the killed and the wounded people.

Western Iran witnessed regular armed   

clashes between security forces and Kurdish militant parties, in particular Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an anti-Iran Kurdish group linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane) (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan), is a militant Kurdish nationalist group based in Kurdistan region in Iraq's north 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),
www.ekurd.netwhich is an alliance of Kurdish groups and divisions led by an elected Executive Council.

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

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