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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards kill five Kurdish PJAK militants

By Rudaw 13/6/2016
PJAK is believed to enjoy close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Photo: Kordha.ir
PJAK is believed to enjoy close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Photo: Kordha.ir
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ambushed and killed five members of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) in the country’s northwest, according to media reports. 

Iran’s Tasnim news (close to the IRGC) cited an army public relations department statement which said the five militants were killed in an ambush in the Sardasht region.

“A five-member team of the terrorist group PJAK were identified in a region near Sardasht … and were all killed by the Revolutionary Guards army,” the IRGC’s statement read. 

The statement went on to add that the militants the IRGC killed had assassinated two members of Iran’s paramilitary Basiji militia last month, in the border-city of Sardasht, along with an engineer who was working for the IRGC on “development projects” in border areas. 

PJAK is believed to enjoy close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey and is focused on combating the regime in Iran.

PJAK and Tehran reached a ceasefire agreement back in 2011 after Iran agreed to stop executing Kurdish political prisoners if PJAK ceased its attacks. 

This latest incident comes a week after the leader of Iran’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI), Khalid Azizi, told Rudaw in an interview that the main priority of his movement is not to overthrow the regime in Iran but to work with it in order to achieve rights for Iran’s Kurdish minority. 

“Our duty is to make them negotiate with us. We have tried the monarchy in Iran as well as the Islamic governance. There are no guarantees that the government after this one would respect our rights and change their policies in that regard,” Azizi said. 

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yad | 13/6/2016
Iranian Revolutionary guard want to eraser categorically right of nation of Kurdish in East Kurdistan as well as whole right of Kurdish in rest of big Kurdistan, Iran is more dangerous than infidel force like USA and Israel army, so we should not believe them because Iran is like cancer in the territory. Despite of I do not believe PJAK idea because of being near with PKK
uri | 13/6/2016
good news.......
The Real Ardalan Iran | 14/6/2016
More death and destruction from the peaceful and moderate khamenei.
ali j | 14/6/2016
No one can intimidate, strong-arm, or challenge Iran's national security interests. We seek peaceful solutions to any potential issue, but we also have the right, will, and means to defend our security and interests against any bully. "Hich kas nemi-tavanad be Iran zoor bega". Ya Ali
Mohamedzzz | 14/6/2016
Kurds should cut a deal with Iran if they want to have independent Kurdistan, Iran can help Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and against ISIS. It's not possible to fight all enemies alone, it's a simple logic. Turkey = ISIS, ISIS kill Kurds.

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