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 PJAK rebels killed 76 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in recent clashes 

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PJAK rebels killed 76 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in recent clashes  4.9.2011    

September 4, 2011

QANDIL, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —  Kurdish rebels killed 76 elements of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Kurdish mercenaries in two days, a spokesman for the rebels said.

Speaking to AK news late Saturday evening, Sherzad Kamangar PJAK (Party of Free Life for Kurdistan) spokesman said the figure reflects the guards’ death toll Friday through Saturday.

There are three senior commanders and several Kurdish mercenaries among the dead, he said, adding a considerable number of the IRGC elements were also wounded.

Mr. Kamagar declined to comment on rebels’ death toll.        

PJAK rebel spokesman Sherzad Kamankar
Iranian media said the army resumed its anti-PJAK operations Friday after a ‘grace period’ in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The guards have been striking rebels since mid July. Speculations are that at least 150 people from both fronts have been killed in the shelling and cross-fire.

The guards engaged PJAK at Pshdar area of the Iraqi Kurdistan region and attacked the fighters from several fronts, Mr. Kamangar added, describing the fight ‘fierce’.

The semi-official Iranian Fars new agency said yesterday that the government has officially announced war against PJAK.

Meanwhile Dozdar Hamo spokesman for the banned Turkish organization PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) said PKK unites with PJAK (PKK offshoot) in war against Iran.

The Iranian troops are trying to ‘conquer’ Qandil Mountain range and through Qotaman Mountain and Wazne and Zale fields infiltrate Kurdistan but PJAK and PKK fighters are pushing them back, Mr. Kamangar added.

Qandil, the triangle mountainous area bordering Kurdistan, Iran and Turkey, is increasingly recognized as a holy site for the rebels and their supporters,www.ekurd.neta difficult ragged area that has protected the guerrillas from the continuous Iranian and Turkish bombardments as of 2006.

During the 1980s Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi president, even allowed for the Turkish troops to cross the borders into Iraqi soil to chase out the PKK rebels.

Iranians attack with artillery, tanks, Katusha and mortar PJAK, rebels’ spokesman said.

The trans-border operations have infuriated Kurdistan region public. Seven Kurd civilians, women, men and children and a newborn from one family were killed in the Turkish aerial raids Aug.21.

Human Rights Watch has charged that Iran may be deliberately targeting civilians in its campaign against the rebels.

Three other villagers, including an underage shepherd were also killed in Iranian shelling. Another shepherd 16-year-old was also killed by an Iranian sniper near the border.

Hundreds have also been displaced in the wake of bombardments.

A number of Kurdistan and Iraqi official visited Iran in a bid to halt the operations on Kurdistan borders. Despite the visits and the public protests both neighbors have stressed the operations will continue until the rebels are ‘rendered ineffective.’

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.

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. 

By Karzan Kareem, Ak News

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