Iran, Turkey Fight Kurds in Iraq
- Iran tight-lipped over action against Kurd rebels
Monday, May 01, 2006
LONDON, May 1 (IranMania) - According to AFP, Iran was tight-lipped on
Monday over military operations against Kurdish rebels based across
the border in Iraq, refusing to confirm or deny its troops had crossed
into Iraqi soil.
"I do not confirm the entry of our forces into the territory of
neighbouring countries, notably Iraq," government spokesman Gholam
Hossein Elham told reporters.
"We have security cooperation accords with neighbouring countries and
we act within the framework of these accords. There is no cause for
concern over this kind of thing with neighbouring countries," he said.
On Sunday the Iraqi defence ministry said Iranian forces had entered
Iraqi territory and were shelling Turkish-Kurdish Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK) guerrilla positions.
The ministry said Iranian troops hit a border area called Haj Umran,
close to where the borders of Iran, Iraq and Turkey meet, and then
entered five kilometers (three miles) into Iraqi territory.
The shelling was the second military attack on the Kurdish guerrillas
by Iranian forces in 10 days. The previous attack on April 20 left two
guerrillas dead and another 10 wounded.
Iran is bound by treaty with Turkey to fight the outlawed PKK, which
has waged a 15-year insurgency against Ankara for self rule in
Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.
In return, Turkey has pledged to fight the Iranian armed opposition
group, the Iraq-based People's Mujahedeen.
Turkish Armed Forces Strike PKK Camps in N. Iraq :
By National News Desk, Istanbul
Saturday, April 29, 2006
The Turkish armed forces have launched their first military operation
along the Iraqi border where Turkish troops have concentrated for days.
The Northern Iraqi cities of Amedi and Zaho, sheltering Kurdish
Workers' Party (PKK) militants, were hit with mortar attacks in
First reports say that locations where militants were lodged in the
regions of Geliye, Pisaxa, Pirbela, Sheshdara, Sheranish and Elanish
The "Burgundy Beret" units performed a recognizance mission in the
area a while ago as part of the Special Forces Command.
Troop deployment to the region from different parts of the country
Along with the transfer of commandos, heavy construction equipment is
also being brought to the border for use during a possible
The Iranian military extended their operation 10 kilometers to
maintain security along the border.
A security cordon has been established to ensure the safety of troops
that check not only Mt. Cudi, but other passages and routes for safety.
There is also top-level security present en route to the Border Gate
In another development, Kurdish militias (Peshmergas) under the
leadership of Massoud Barzani tightened security measures along the
Northern Iraqi border.
On Thursday, a statement from Barzani called attention to a plea for
cessation of external intervention in Iraq's domestic affairs. The
need for agreement between officials from both Turkey and North Iraq
Mehmet Gunes, a truck driver, said something interesting while on
routine transit through the Border Gate Habur. "We are well accustomed
to seeing such things. It's the media that magnifies what we consider
normal, I think." Gunes also said that the truck drivers are not
having any problem transiting border gates for the moment.
There is not any unusual military activity going on here against North
Iraq, said Gunes, and some residents here are still unaware of the
The Operation Crescent, a cross-border operation, is remarkable for
one other thing: the exclusion of village guards from the operation.
Iraq Concerned Over Turkish Invasion:
So far, the Turkish military was said to have penetrated 10 kilometers
into Iraq in the operation against the Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK
Kurdistan: Dangerous Passage:
Could another front be opening in the Iraq war? Over recent weeks,
some 200,000 Turkish troops, backed by tanks and helicopter gunships,
have massed along the mountainous border with Iraq. Trucks passing
from Turkey, ferrying the imported goods and foodstuffs that are the
lifeblood of the Kurdish economy, have slowed from 1,000 a day to just
a couple of hundred.
Iran 'attacks Iraq Kurdish area' :
04/30/06 "BBC" -- -- Iraq has accused Iranian forces of entering Iraqi
territory and shelling Kurdish rebel positions in the north.
Iranian troops bombed border areas near the town of Hajj Umran before
crossing into Iraq, the defence ministry in Baghdad said on Sunday.
It said the Iranians targeted the PKK, a Kurdish group that has waged
a 15-year insurgency against Turkey.
The PKK is believed to have links with anti-Iranian Kurdish fighters.
There are no details on casualties.
The Iraqi defence ministry also says Iran launched a similar attack on
Kurdish rebel positions in the same area on 21 April.
There are no reported comments from Tehran on either of the alleged
`Don't attack us or else,' Kurdish guerrillas warn Iran:
Lodged in northern Iraq in an area flanked by NATO member Turkey and
Washington's foe Iran, elements of the separatist Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK) have accused Teheran of attacking their encampments.
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