Iraq, Iran issue border demands after
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Iran must respect its
borders with Iraq, authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan
said on Tuesday, after Tehran's forces clashed with
Iranian Kurdish rebels, leaving several people dead.
Iran said it had taken "full control" of three camps
belonging to the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK)
in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, a claim
disputed by Baghdad.
"We demand Iran respect the sovereignty of the
Kurdistan region as part of the sovereignty of
Iraq," Kurdistan regional government KRG spokesman
Kawa Mahmud told AFP.
"There was Iranian infiltration along the Iraqi
Kurdistan regional government KRG spokesman Kawa
If there is any border problem, the best way to
resolve it is through negotiations and peace, not by
In Tehran, a senior officer in Iran's elite
Revolutionary Guards demanded on Tuesday that the
Baghdad government and Kurdish authorities in Iraq
prevent Kurdish rebels from attacking Iran from
"We are waiting for the Iraqi government and the
Kurdish authorities in Iraq to stick to their
commitments and prevent PJAK (Party of Free Life of
Kurdistan) rebels from acting against Iran from
Iraqi territory," General Mohammad Pakpour
during an interview with
Arabic-language television channel Al-Alam.
The fighting, which began on Saturday and appears to
have ceased, left at least one Revolutionary Guards
member dead and three wounded, according to security
officials in Tehran.
PJAK, meanwhile, says two of its fighters were
killed and four wounded.
"Over the past 72 hours, the rebels have taken heavy
losses in the Al-Watan region," said General Pakpour,
head of the guards' ground forces. He added that "PJAK
camps in the region of Jassukan had been destroyed
and that journalists could go there to see."
He also denied any shelling of Kurdish villagers,
saying that the target area "is uninhabited."
On July 11, Iran's official news agency IRNA quoted
a senior Iranian army official as saying Tehran
reserves the right to attack PJAK bases within Iraq.
"The terrorists will not be allowed to take
sanctuary in Iraq's territory and attack Iran with
the support of America and the Zionist regime," the
official said. "Action will be taken against these
Iranian forces regularly shell border districts of
Iraq's Kurdish region, targeting PJAK bases.
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),www.ekurd.netwhich is an alliance of Kurdish groups and divisions
led by an elected Executive Council.
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.
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