Iran wants Iraq to crack down on PEJAK

Iran wants Iraq to crack down on PEJAK

A senior Iranian commander has called on the Iraqi government to tighten the screws on terrorist groups which use the Iraqi soil to launch attacks on Iran, Press TV reported.

"PEJAK terrorist group has managed to mobilize some of its forces and equipments to areas within the Iraqi Kurdistan," Iranian Border Guard Commander Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaghari was quoted by IRIB as saying on Thursday.

As a result, the commander added, "We have [security] issues on our border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region."

"On our border with Turkey, on the other hand, we are in a good condition as far as PEJAK is concerned. We can almost say that there is no activity by PEJAK terrorist on the Iran-Turkey border," Brigadier General Zolfaghari said.

He said the security Issue on the Iran-Iraq border results from "the Iraqi government's lack of commanding control in the Kurdistan region."

"The Iraqis should resolve the problems that are created for us on the Iraqi side of the border," Zolfaghari said.

PJAK (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan) is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the US, EU and much of the international community.

PJAK mainly engages in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's border with Iraq.

The PKK is also responsible for many deadly operations in northern Iraq and southern Turkey.

A Turkish political analyst says Israel supports PKK militants in their attacks against Turkey in order to put pressure on Ankara.

Yavuz Selim, in a June interview with Press TV, said that the PKK group and its offshoot PJAK are "definitely supported by Zionists."

He noted that the main reason behind the Israeli support for the Kurdish militants is the fact that Turkey poses a threat to the "illegal existence" of Israel in the Middle East region.

Earlier in June, Sedat Laciner, the head of the International Strategic Research Organization, a Turkish think tank, said Mossad agents and Israeli military retirees had been sighted providing training to PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Laciner said Tel Aviv does not have a positive perception of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, which is led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, took up arms in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

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