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PJAK rebels hand over bodies of 12 Islamic revolutionary guards to Iran  8.9.2011  





September 8, 2011

QANDIL, — Rebels from Iranian PJAK (Party of free Life for Kurdistan) handed over the bodies of 12 elements of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to Iranian forces during a break in fire, PJAK spokesman said.

Sherzad Kamngar told AK news Wednesday evening that the Iranian troops halted their offensives against PJAK and withdrew part of the forces from the northwestern borders of Iran.

The Iranian bombardment of Iraqi Kurdistan’s border areas had continued since more than 2 months, killing and injuring many civilians and causing damage for dozens of houses and agricultural fields.      

Since 2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran (Iranian Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK are women. The PJAK has over 3,000 armed militiamen.

The ‘fierce’ fight was suspended during the Muslim holy month of Ramdan and began once on more Friday.

PJAK noted that eight military vehicles of the Iranian army were demolished and the bodies of 12 Iranian soldiers were delivered to the Iranian state as a matter of ethics and law of war.

PJAK handed over the bodies on Tuesday ‘as a humanitarian obligation and in the presence of a number of residents of bordering villages.’

The guards were killed in clashes with PJAK, Saturday through Monday. 107 Revolutionary guards and three PJAK guerrillas were killed in the same duration.

PJAK spokesman added only 10 rebels were wounded in the meantime.

Iran said more than 30 rebels were killed in the latest round of operations, including Majid Kawyani, the deputy PJAK chief commander.

PJAK rebels announced they have joined forces with the banned Turkish PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) organization against Iran. A day later on Sunday they offered ceasefire with IRGC.

Officials from IRGC rejected the ceasefire.

Human Rights Watch said on September 2, that it had evidence that Iran may have deliberately targeted civilians in its offenisve against the rebels.

Kurdish local officials and an NGO in early August reported that more than 200 Iraqi Kurdish families had been forced from their homes by weeks of Iranian shelling of separatist rebel bases in northern 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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