PJAK rebels killed 76 Iranian
Revolutionary Guards in recent clashes
September 4, 2011
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Kurdish rebels
killed 76 elements of the Islamic Revolutionary
Guards Corps (IRGC) and Kurdish mercenaries in two
days, a spokesman for the rebels said.
Speaking to AK news late Saturday evening, Sherzad
Kamangar PJAK (Party of Free Life for Kurdistan)
spokesman said the figure reflects the guards’ death
toll Friday through Saturday.
There are three senior commanders and several
Kurdish mercenaries among the dead, he said, adding
a considerable number of the IRGC elements were also
Mr. Kamagar declined to comment on rebels’ death
PJAK rebel spokesman Sherzad Kamankar
Iranian media said the army resumed its anti-PJAK
operations Friday after a ‘grace period’ in honor of
the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The guards have been striking rebels since mid July.
Speculations are that at least 150 people from both
fronts have been killed in the shelling and
The guards engaged PJAK at Pshdar area of the Iraqi
Kurdistan region and attacked the fighters from
several fronts, Mr. Kamangar added, describing the
The semi-official Iranian Fars new agency said
yesterday that the government has officially
announced war against PJAK.
Meanwhile Dozdar Hamo spokesman for the banned
Turkish organization PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)
PJAK (PKK offshoot) in war against Iran.
The Iranian troops are trying to ‘conquer’ Qandil
Mountain range and through Qotaman Mountain and
Wazne and Zale fields infiltrate Kurdistan but PJAK
and PKK fighters are pushing them back, Mr. Kamangar
Qandil, the triangle mountainous area bordering
Kurdistan, Iran and Turkey, is increasingly
recognized as a holy site for the rebels and their
difficult ragged area that has protected the
guerrillas from the continuous Iranian and Turkish
bombardments as of 2006.
During the 1980s Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi
president, even allowed for the Turkish troops to
cross the borders into Iraqi soil to chase out the
Iranians attack with artillery, tanks, Katusha and
mortar PJAK, rebels’ spokesman said.
The trans-border operations have infuriated
Kurdistan region public. Seven Kurd civilians,
women, men and children and a newborn from one
killed in the
Turkish aerial raids Aug.21.
Human Rights Watch has
Iran may be deliberately targeting civilians in its
campaign against the rebels.
Three other villagers, including an underage
shepherd were also killed in Iranian shelling.
Another shepherd 16-year-old was also killed by an
Iranian sniper near the border.
Hundreds have also been displaced in the wake of
A number of Kurdistan and Iraqi official visited
Iran in a bid to halt the operations on Kurdistan
borders. Despite the visits and the public protests
both neighbors have stressed the operations will
continue until the rebels are ‘rendered
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
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.
By Karzan Kareem, Ak News
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