News, March 2008
Iranian artillery pounds northern Iraq targeting positions of Iranian Kurdish PJAK rebels
Sulaimaniya - Voices of Iraq
The Iranian artillery shelled villages in
Qala'at Daza district in Sulaimaniya province, 364 km northeast of
Baghdad, on Thursday morning, the district’s mayor said.
“The shelling lasted for more than two hours
without causing causalities,” he added.
Iran used to shell border areas in Qalaat Daza, 135 km northwest of Sulaimaniya; Haj Omran, 147 km northeast of Arbil; and Banjwin district, 96 km northeast of Sulaimaniya under the pretext of tracking down PJAK fighters.
Turkey, also, was shelling border areas in the northern Iraqi province of Duhuk under the pretext of fighting members of imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan's Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
PJAK (Partiya Jiyana Azada Kurdistanę in Kurdish or Kurdistan Free Life Party) is a Kurdish military opposition group founded in 2004, said to be linked to the PKK. PJAK, although a newly established organization, continuously launches militant operations against Iranian army forces, so that in 2005, in less than 6 months, it killed 120 Iranian police and wounded tens more.
PJAK is a splinter group of the PKK. It
separated from it after PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was imprisoned in
Turkish jails. The nearly 3,000 PJAK fighters then started their armed
struggle against the Iranian authorities, with the aim of "building
federalism for Iran's Kurdistan."
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