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 PJAK reports 150 Iranian soldiers among killed and wounded

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PJAK reports 150 Iranian soldiers among killed and wounded  20.7.2011  

PJAK: We have the bodies of 18 Iranian soldiers

July 20, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', ó 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 Party said.

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 concluded.        

PJAK rebel spokesman Sherzad Kamankar. Photo: Facebook

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 day.

"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 4 injuries."

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 Kurdistan,
www.ekurd.netbut 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.

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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