PJAK reports 150 Iranian soldiers among
killed and wounded
have the bodies of 18 Iranian soldiers
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Kurdish PJAK party
opposing Iran announced that the party fighters are
going through a fierce battle against Iranian Army
since Saturday on northern Iraqi Kurdistan borders,
the spokesman for the Iranian Kurdish armed party
Sherzad Kamangar said.
Clashes are taking place in several locations
including Iranian territories, Iraqi territories and
border regions, a source told Alsumaria TV.
More than 150 Iranian soldiers are among killed and
wounded due to clashes on Saturday and Sunday, PJAK
The Iranian Army is massing up its forces in battle
fields and is using heavy artillery and helicopters,
PJAK party spokesman continued.
PJAK fighters however managed to face these forces
without entering far into Iraqi territories, he
PJAK rebel spokesman Sherzad Kamankar. Photo:
Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in
the northwest of the country along its common border
with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
The PJAK has claimed that they have the bodies of 18
Iranian soldiers killed in clashes on the Iran-Iraqi
Kurdistan border over the past four days.
Sherzad Kamangar, told AKnews on Tuesday that 18
Iranian soldiers were trying to cross the border
into Kurdistan region, near Zale village in Qaladze,
north of Sulaimaniyah, where the bases of the PJAK
are, "but our guerrillas killed them all."
These claims have not been independently verified.
Kamangar said that Iranian artillery continued their
cross-border shelling of the area for the fourth
"Since Saturday, 185 members of the Iranian forces
have been either killed or injured by the PJAK
guerrillas," Kamangar said. "Our losses during the
first two days of the fighting has been 7 deaths and
Iranian forces and the PJAK have been engaged in
ferocious fighting since Saturday with casualties on
both sides. The parties have given conflicting
figures about the number of dead.
Iran's state-run agency Fars News quoted a high
ranking official yesterday saying only 3 Iranian
soldiers had been injured in the onslaught with
dozens of PJAK fighters killed.
There are also conflicting reports about the
incursions into Iraqi Kurdish territory. Local
Peshmerga (security forces) commanders have said
that Iranian soldiers have pushed one kilometer into
the Peshmerga minister denied there are Iranian
boots on Kurdish soil.
The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane), 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), which is an alliance of Kurdish groups and divisions
led by an elected Executive Council.
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
Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant
ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million
Kurds live in Iran.
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