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Kurdish Envoy Blames PJAK for Starting Armed Struggle against Iran.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Envoy to Iran Nazem Omar Dabbagh took the Iraq-based anti-Iran PJAK group responsible for initiating armed struggles against Iran, saying that PJAK's illegal actions caused Tehran and Ankara's military reprisals.

Speaking to FNA, Dabbagh said that the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) considers PJAK (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan) as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has long been in an armed campaign against Turkey, and it thus treats the group similar to the PKK.

As regards the ongoing clashes between Iran and the Kurdish rebel group in Iran's Northwestern border regions, he said, "Unfortunately the PKK and PJAK are threatening the security of Iraq's Kurdistan region through violating international laws and their behavior has caused Turkey to attack the group's strongholds inside Iraqi Kurdistan region."

"In reply to their behavior, Iran, too, chased them up to the border regions, cleaning the area from them" he noted.

He blamed the PKK and PJAK's violent acts as the root cause of tension in the region, and added, "This grouplet has misused the Iraqi Kurdistan's oil for their armed struggle, leading to Turkey and Iran's retaliatory operations."

"Therefore, PJAK and PKK's violent attitude has caused tension in the region and this is no way acceptable," Dabbagh underscored.

In recent months, PJAK terrorists, who are based along the rugged mountain border, have ferried across the Iraqi Kurdistan border with Iran and staged several terrorist operations, killing scores of Iranian civilians and military officials.

Iran shares a 1,200-kilometer border with Iraq, about half of which is with Iraqi Kurdistan, extending from Khanaqin to the Turkish border in the North.

In July, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) arrested several teams of PJAK, who intended to infiltrate Iran to stage terrorist operations in the country.

In response, Iran deployed about 5,000 military forces in the Northwestern parts of the country along its joint border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

During the operations, the IRGC forces killed, injured and arrested tens of terrorists and destroyed their headquarters in the bordering areas of Alvatan near Sardasht city in Northwestern Iran.

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Date:Sep 19, 2011
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