Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has disbanded a terrorist cell linked to the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in the country's West Azarbaijan Province.
Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorists, file photo
The PJAK terrorist cell was busted early on Sunday following hours-long gun battle between IRGC forces and PJAK militants in Sardasht, situated 472 kilometers (293 miles) west of the Iranian capital Tehran, an informed source told IRNA on condition of anonymity.
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.
A senior Iranian military commander recently said with the support of the US, President of Iraqi Kurdistan Government (KRG) Massoud Barzani had dedicated 300,000 hectares (three million square kilometers) of the region's lands to the terrorist PJAK members.
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.
Recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, Iran, Iraq, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations, the PKK is responsible for many deadly operations in northern Iraq and southern Turkey.
Both terrorist organizations launch their attacks from Iraq's Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of KRG.
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