Iran Revolutionary Guards kill 26 Kurdish rebels: Report

Last Updated: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 21:45

Tehran: Iran`s elite Revolutionary Guards
have killed 26 Kurdish rebels in north-western Iran, a
commander of the guards was quoted as saying on Sunday by the Fars
news agency.

"In an operation to clean up the West Azerbaijan and
Kurdistan provinces of counter-revolutionary and terrorist
groups, 26 of the agents were killed," said Mohammad Takpoor,
who was described by Fars as commander of the Revolutionary
Guards ground forces.

He said the operation had delivered a "massive blow" the
Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and other Kurdish rebel
groups.

He gave no indication of the period in which the killings
took place.

Western Iran, which has a sizeable Kurdish population,
has seen deadly fighting in recent years between Iranian
security forces and PJAK rebels operating from rear-bases in
neighbouring Iraq.

The group is closely allied with the Turkish Kurdish
rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers` Party (PKK), which is
listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the
international community.

Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant ethnic
Kurdish minorities.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 21:45

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