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Kurdish PJAK rebels kill four Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards  25.4.2012 






Iranian Kurdish PJAK rebels. 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 over 3,000 armed militiamen. See Related Links
April 25, 2012

KERMANSHAH, Iranian Kurdistan, — Kurdish rebels have killed four members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in the country's west, a provincial official told the Mehr news agency on Wednesday.

The attack was carried out by members of the Iranian Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) near the town of Paveh in Iran's Kermanshah Kurdish province on Tuesday evening, Mehr reported.

"Four members of the Guards were martyred and four others wounded in the cowardly act," Shahryar Heydari, the province's ranking security official, told Mehr.

Heydari said PJAK rebels also suffered casualties, but did not provide any details.

The PJAK, labelled as "terrorists" by Tehran, has often clashed with Iranian forces, sparking retaliatory bombing of their rear bases in the mountainous border districts of neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan.

The report on Wednesday was the first such account of a deadly conflict between Iranian forces and the Kurdish rebels since summer last year.

In July 2010, the Islamic republic's Guards launched a string of operations against the rebels and began shelling districts near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan region,www.ekurd.net killing dozens including the rebels' deputy commander.

Later in September, the Guards said they had forced the rebels out of Iranian Kurdistan [Eastern Kurdistan] in northwestern of Iran and killed more than 180 of them in a summer-long offensive.

The PJAK, or in Kurdish (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.

Led by Haji Ahmadi, 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.

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

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