IRGC takes PJAK camp near Iraqi border

IRGC takes PJAK camp near Iraqi border

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has taken full control of a camp linked to the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorist cell near the Iraqi border, a top IRGC commander said, Press TV reported with reference to IRNA.

Delavar Ranjbarzadeh said on Monday that a large number of the anti-revolution PJAK members have been killed in clashes with the IRGC forces in southwestern Iran near the border with Iraq.

He stated that the second-in-command of Marvan headquarters, the most important and main PJAK base, was killed in the clashes and noted that the IRGC forces also arrested one of the members of the terrorist group.

The commander further explained that a huge amount of military equipment and important documents were also confiscated from the PJAK members.

The IRGC disbanded the PJAK cell early on Sunday following hours-long gun battle between the two sides in the northwestern city of Sardasht, situated 472 kilometers (293 miles) west of the Iranian capital of Tehran in the West Azarbaijan Province.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The purpose of the deployment is holding military maneuvers with the aim of stabilizing the border area and fighting counterrevolutionary groups.

Members of the terrorist PJAK group - an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

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