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 PJAK rebels kill Iranian Guards commander 

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PJAK rebels kill Iranian Guards commander  9.9.2011  





September 9, 2011

TEHRAN, — Iran said on Friday Kurdish rebel group PJAK killed a commander of the Revolutionary Guards during clashes in a western region of the Islamic state, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"Brigadier General Abbasali Jannesari was martyred during clashes with the PJAK terrorist group in the western parts of the country," said Fars.

In the past few months, Iranian security forces have launched an offensive against PJAK in mountainous areas bordering Iraq.

The elite Revolutionary Guards said a ceasefire declared by PJAK would be "meaningless" if the group refused to withdraw its forces from the Islamic Republic.     

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 PJAK has over 3,000 armed militiamen.

PJAK rebels announced they have joined forces with the banned Turkish PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) organization against Iran

The Iranian bombardment of Iraqi Kurdistan’s border areas had continued since more than 2 months,www.ekurd.netkilling and injuring many civilians and causing damage for dozens of houses and agricultural fields.

Human Rights Watch said on September 2, that it had evidence that Iran may have deliberately targeted civilians in its offenisve against the rebels.

Kurdish local officials and an NGO in early August reported that more than 200 Iraqi Kurdish families had been forced from their homes by weeks of Iranian shelling of separatist rebel bases in northern 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.

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

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