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Report: PJAK Kurdish rebels lay down arms

Source: Press TV

PJAK militants have reportedly admitted defeat and declared that they will abandon all attempts to form an independent Kurdish state.

According to a report by Turkish newspaper Aksam, Iran's security forces have been successful in their fight against the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) -- an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The outlawed group has been staging attacks across the border in Iran since 2004 on behalf of "Iranian Kurdish interests" in an attempt to establish an independent Kurdish state, as reported by an April 3, 2006 Washington Times article.

An April 10, 2006 report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed that US troops were establishing contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups in Iran such as the PJAK rebels.

Later in November 2006 Hersh wrote that, "Israel and the United States have also been working together in support of a Kurdish resistance group known as the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan. The group has been conducting clandestine cross-border forays into Iran."

According to Hersh, Israel has been providing the Kurdish group with "equipment and training." The group has also been given "a list of targets inside Iran of interest to the US."

The Monday report by Turkey's Aksam says PJAK has admitted defeat due to its lack of supplies and financial support.

The independence-seeking group has also advised Turkey's PKK rebels against engaging in armed conflicts with their government and urged them to relinquish their aspirations for an independent Kurdish state.

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