More Clashes in NW Iran- 16 Guard Members Killed in Fighting

More trouble on the homefront…
Fighting continued is northwest Iran this week- Several deaths were reported.

13 Iranian Revolutionary Guards members were martyred in northwest Iran on Sunday when their helicopter was downed. Fighting continued in the region on Monday with reports of several more casualties. This helicopter hovers over Tehran in December 2005. (AFP)

Firat News Agency report: “Clash in Orumiyeh; 16 Soldiers and Village Guards Killed”
Originally published on 2/28/2007 by Roj TV (Internet Version-WWW) in Turkish:

Orumiyeh, 28 Feb – It is reported that, in a clash with guerrillas that broke out in the course of an operation conducted by the Iranian military in the Soma Biradost area near the city of Orumiyeh in East [Iranian] Kurdistan, at least 16 Village Guards and Revolutionary Guards have been killed, and three guerrillas have also lost their lives.

According to information obtained from Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) sources, the Iranian military launched an operation against the guerrillas on Monday in the Soma Biradost area near Orumiyeh. It has been learned that the battle that broke out during the operation, in which hundreds of Revolutionary Guards and Village Guards took part, lasted for hours.

It has been reported that at least 16 Revolutionary Guards and Village Guards died in the fighting. It is also stated at three PJAK guerrillas also lost their lives in the battle. It has been learned that those who lost their lives were the guerrilla codenamed Dr Afat, 31 years old and a member of the PJAK Coordination Body; a female guerrilla codenamed Madora; and a guerrilla codenamed Fazil.

PJAK sources have stated that the fighting went on for hours, and that the guerrillas were killed after their ammunition was exhausted.

On Friday of last week, a military helicopter had been brought down by guerrilla forces during an operation against the guerrillas that the Iranian military had launched in the Kutul area of Orumiyeh, and at least 20 Village Guards and soldiers, including a substantial number of high-level commanders, had been killed. Local sources state that the number of dead was over 30.

Meanwhile, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, which is the ideological military force of the Islamic Iranian regime, has called upon the government of Iraq to remove the PJAK guerrillas from the border areas.

Hat Tip Roboetal

Iranian Bazteb News says a senior PKK terrorist was killed in the attacks in a slightly different version of the story:

A senior PKK terrorist commander was killed by IRGC forces in the northwestern city of Orumiyeh on Monday.

In continuation of a series of military operations recently carried out in Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan province, by the Islamic Revolutionary Gurads Corps (IRGC) forces, to wipe out the separatist terrorists in the northwestern region of the country, a leading commander of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) known as Dr. Afagh and two other terrorists were killed and several others were injured, BAZTAB reported from Orumiyeh.

Afagh, one of the three top PKK commanders in Iran, was active in several Iranian northwestern cities who is said to be responsible for the killings of the innocent civilians and Iranian military officers in the area.

And, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi spoke more on the fighting in Orumiyeh this week after attending the funeral of the martyrs who were killed on Sunday.
The Iranian News reported:

Revolutionaries are under siege on the Iran-Turkey border, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi (on left) said on Wednesday.

He told reporters after taking part in the funeral service for the victims of the helicopter crash in Khoy, West Azarbaijan province that following an order to crack down on counter-revolutionaries, several of them were surrounded by security forces and they have no other choice but to surrender.

“The grip of the siege on the area is getting closer. The bandits and counter-revolutionaries should know that Iranian troops will deal with them strongly and will not stop the operation to uproot them,” the IRGC commander said.

He said that some 13 personnel of the IRGC and the Army of the Islamic Republic were martyred in the helicopter crash earlier this week.

Earlier in the week… Insurgents in southeastern Iran killed two officers and took four captive.

Also this past week in Northwest Iran:
Clashes in Northwest Iran!… Chopper Down-Dozens Dead!

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