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 Iraqi Kurdistanís armed forces spokesman denies Iran violation to Iraqi borders

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Iraqi Kurdistanís armed forces spokesman denies Iran violation to Iraqi borders  21.7.2011    

Kurdistan armed forces 'not on alert' over Iran attacks

July 21, 2011

ERBIL-HewlÍr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', ó In a statement that contradicts Kurdistanís confirmation about Iranian incursion into Iraqi borders, the Secretary General of Peshmerga Ministry Brigadier Jabbar Yawar denied Iranian Army violation to Iraqi borders and taking over PJAK camps. Yawer affirmed that clashes are taking place outside the borders.

According to the military sources of Peshmerga Ministry and border guards sources of Iraqi Interior Ministry, Iranian Forces did not enter Kurdistan territories and no clashes erupted inside Kurdistan borders, Yawer told Alsumarianews. He affirmed that PJAK party has no locations inside Kurdistan.

Yawar conveyed Kurdistanís concern over Iranian shelling targeting civilian regions, he said.

Iraqi Kurdistanís armed forces are not on alert to confront Iranian forces on               

The Secretary General of Peshmerga Ministry Brigadier Jabbar Yawar
the border, contrary to reports, undersecretary for Peshmarga (security forces) said on Wednesday.

Kurdish media outlets have cited officials from the Peshmarga ministry saying that 15,000 Iraqi Kurdish soldiers from five brigades have been put on standby in areas bordering Iran that have been affected by recent shelling by Iranian army.

Yawar refuted the reports: ďIran will not invade Kurdistan because it knows that Kurdistan regionís borders are Federal Iraqís borders, international borders that could not be trespassed,Ē Yawar told Aknews.

However, there are numerous reports from local Peshmerga commanders and village officials stating that the Iranians have pushed one kilometer into Iraqi territory to root out the Kurdish separatist the Party for the Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) who have bases in the mountainous border regions.

Hundreds of villagers have been displaced as a result of the recent offensive and a civilian from Pshdar was wounded on Sunday as Iranian artillery targeted her village and damaged the hospital,www.ekurd.netschool and a number of houses in the attack.

Iran has been bombarding the border territories for years, the shelling has left hundreds displaced, and scores injured so far.

The Iranian 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),www.ekurd.netwhich is an alliance of Kurdish groups and divisions led by an elected Executive Council.

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.

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

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