Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Iranian military threatens to cross into Iraq to pursue Kurdish fighters

Above: PKK fighters

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Iran's forces may cross into Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels if the government in Baghdad can't expel the militants from border areas, an Iranian commander said.

"I warn Iraq's Kurdish movements and anti-revolutionary armed insurgents who are linked with foreigners that Iraq's government must oust them from the region," Revolutionary Guards leader Yahya Rahim Safavi was cited as saying today by state-run Mehr News. "Otherwise the Revolutionary Guards, to protect the security of the country and Iranian people, will consider it as their right to chase and neutralize them beyond the borders."

Iran's armed forces have regular clashes with Kurdish rebels in the northwest of the country, mainly members of the Party of Free Life in Kurdistan, or PJAK. Iranian forces killed three local PJAK chiefs Feb. 26, Agence France-Presse reported.

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