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Iran Nabs “Terrorist” Gang In Northwestern Province

By Orkhan Jalilov June 28, 2019

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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Ground Forces said its forces at borders with Iraqi Kurdistan region had engaged in a military conflict with a team of terrorists, killing one, wounding two and capturing one terrorist alive. / Vahid Salemi / AP

The Iranian military have reportedly killed a member of what it considers a terrorist group in Iran’s Kurdistan region that borders Iraq. In addition to the one person killed, two others were reportedly injured and another captured.

“There was an armed clash between the servicemen of Hamza Sayyid al-Shuhada Base of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and a terrorist gang affiliated with the ‘global arrogance’, who had plans to infiltrate into the country from Chaldoran region in the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan on yesterday night,” the base’s public relations department was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

The report did not reveal the group’s identity but alleged that it is affiliated with “the global arrogance” – a term Iranian officials often use for the United States and its allies.

IRGC troops suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire. A considerable amount of weapons, communications devices and ammunition was seized from the gang, according to Tasnim’s report.

The IRGC is tasked with protecting the country’s northwestern and southeastern borders.

In July 2018, terrorists attacked a border post at the same base, killing 11 troops. A month later, the IRGC’s ground force managed to disband a terrorist cell in Oshnavieh, located in West Azerbaijan Province, killing at least 10 militants.

In the following September, the IRGC reportedly fired up to seven missiles at a gathering of terrorist commanders across the border in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The Kurdish militant organization known as the Kurdistan Free Life Party, abbreviated “PJAK” according to its Kurdish name, and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) are known for mounting armed resistance against Iran.

PDKI’s headquarters is located in Iraqi Kurdistan, but the group has deployed its forces to mountainous regions along the Iran-Iraq border.  PDKI renounced violence two decades ago but it recently resumed fighting, claiming that dialogue with the Iranian government has failed to yield results.

Late in last month, in a most recent successful operation by Iranian security forces against terrorist groups, a police chief in the Iranian western province of Kurdistan disclosed that a terrorist team intending to carry out an attack on International Quds Day rallies in the city of Sanandaj was confronted and dismantled.