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Iran's IRGC launches fresh offensive against Kurdish rebels
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2011-07-27 00:23

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced Tuesday that the units of its ground forces launched fresh offensive against the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) hideouts in northwestern the country.

The IRGC said in a statement that PJAK "terrorists" were trapped by a group of Kurdish Basij (volunteer) forces last night in Qandil and Haji Ebrahim and Doleto area near the towns of Piranshahr and Sardasht in Iran's West Azarbaijan province, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"The PJAK terrorists were killed by the local Kurdish Basij forces. The bodies of the terrorists are left in the area," the statement was quoted as saying.

The statement said that the IRGC will proceed with crack down on the terrorists until the last terrorist to be annihilated, according to the report.

On Tuesday, local English language satellite Press TV reported that IRGC killed 35 members of PJAK during a clash with the " terrorist" group in the country's northwest.

During the clash that took place on Monday, some of the PJAK members were captured by the IRGC, Press TV said.

PJAK "terrorists" moved their wounded members to Iraq, from where they were transferred to the city of Erbil by ambulances belonging to the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party, said the report.

The IRGC has taken control of the "terrorist" group's bases in the heights of Sardasht city in northwestern Iran, said Press TV.

In the fresh clashes which erupted this month between Iran's IRGC and the PJAK militants, dozens were killed and injured from both sides.

On Monday, Kurdish official website said two people were killed and two others wounded in Iranian artillery shell on border areas in Iraq's Kurdish northern region.

"The Iranian artillery shelling on Sunday evening killed two citizens and wounded two others in border villages in Sedikan area in Soran district," said the official website of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), headed by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

It said that the shelling, which is part of fierce clashes between the Iranian troops and Kurdish separatists, has displaced hundreds of villagers in the border region in northern Iraq.

On Sunday, a Press TV report said that four members of the PJAK were killed in an exchange of fire with IRGC.

During the clash which took place Saturday night in the Zamziran pass outside northwestern Sardasht city, two of IRGC forces were also killed and another was injured.

On Friday, a vehicle carrying a number of IRGC personnel struck an explosive landmine in northwestern Iran and its six soldiers including a colonel were killed, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The IRGC personnel were killed in the Alvatan region near the Kurdish city of Sardasht bordering Iraq, as their vehicle hit the landmine laid by the Kurdish militants of PJAK.

Last week, the local media said that IRGC killed five Kurdish rebels and wounded several in northwestern Iran.

The IRGC managed to destroy the biggest compound of "anti- revolutionary" forces near the northwestern city of Sardasht late Saturday and Sunday, said the reports.

The PJAK is a militant Kurdish nationalist group, which has been accused by Iran of carrying out numerous attacks against the Iranian troops in western Iran.

Iran believes that PJAK has close ties to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), and that both groups are sheltering in bases in the mountainous region of northern Iraq.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdish region. Western Iran witnessed regular armed clashes between security forces and Kurdish militant parties, in particular PJAK.

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