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Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 3 /Trend/
The last military operation by the
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) against PJAK in the north-western region of the country has started a few hours ago, The Journalist club reported.
West Azerbaijan province's Governor-General
Vahid Jalalzadeh announced that a large number of PJAK terrorists have been killed or arrested in the recent attack of the IRGC on the terrorist group's headquarters, stressing that the IRGC will continue operations against the terrorist group.
He added the aim of the military operation against PJAK terrorist group is to defend Iran's borders and territorial integrity.
The Iranian wing of the Kurdish faction of the
Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) is active in the Iranian province of Kurdistan. The goal of the group is the secession of Kurdistan from Iran.
According to the U.S. authorities, acting on the Iranian-Turkish and the Iranian-Iraqi borders the PJAK Party is controlled by the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.
In February 2009, the
U.S. Treasury Department included PJAK into the list of terrorist groups. In addition, financial sanctions were imposed against it.