Iraqi Kurdish villagers arrested by
Iranian troops in Iraq's Kurdistan
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Iranian troops arrested
two villagers from the Iraqi Kurdistan region during
their cross-border military offensives on Monday,
say local officials.
Weze village official Abdullah Ahmed told AK news
that local residents Babakir Ahmed Bayeez and Amina
Hussein were arrested and their livestock seized by
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.
The villages around the border Kurdish town of
Choman, 210 km northeast of Erbil, have been
besieged by Iranian shelling since Saturday. Despite
fierce criticism from Baghdad and the Kurdistan
Regional Government, Iran maintains it has the right
to attack and dismantle bases of the PJAK.
Kurdish town of Choman - Erbil province, Kurdistan
region of Iraq.
The militant organization has been implicated in
numerous attacks on Iranian bases in northwestern
Iran as well as sporadic offensives against military
bases in southern Turkey and northeastern Syria.
Ahmed said that 11 families in the region have been
forced to flee their homes by the continued
bombardments so far.
The villagers and nomads of Weze are evacuating the
area as fighting continues between the Iranian
military and PJAK Kurdish separatist rebels.
The head of the Peshamrga (Kurdish security force)
in Choman, Mamand Mami Xali said yesterday that the
Iranian troops have advanced at least one kilometer
into Iraqi Kurdistan.
A villager was reported wounded and a school damaged
in last night’s shelling around Qaladze city,
another bordering city in Sulaimaniyah province. The
village was completely evacuated after the attack.
Xali told AKnews today that he heard light gunfire
this morning near the Kodo Mountain in the Haj
Omaran district, 250 km northeast of Erbil,www.ekurd.netand
that Iranian troops had bombarded the Trshinan,
Chalawan and Bari Przhe districts.
“Iran has deployed a large force accompanied by
tanks and artillery near Qopi Kanyarash which is
close to the Kodo Mountain,” he said, “and this has
worried the residents of these areas”.
There have also been reports from villagers that
Iran is constructing roads and makeshift military
bases on the borderline.
Iran has been bombarding the border territories for
years, the shelling has left hundreds displaced, and
scores injured so far. Last year, a
teenage girl was killed by an Iranian artillery
shell that fell on a house in a border village.
The Iranian 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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