Kurds Weigh In On PJAK Border Conflict

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TEHRAN, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Authorities in Iraq need to take a stronger stance against militants threatening regional security, a Kurdish official said.

Iraqi officials have expressed concern to Iran over cross-border raids in pursuit of militants with the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK. Iranian officials have acknowledged sending troops to the border region and moving across the Iraqi border allegedly in pursuit of PJAK gunmen.

Ahmad Ibrahim, identified as a member of the Kurdish Parliament, told the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcaster that Kurdish militancy presents a serious security concern in the region.

“Iraqi authorities should not allow the members of the group to use the border areas of Iraq’s Kurdistan region to attack Iran,” he was quoted as saying.

PJAK is considered a close affiliate of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which was blamed for killing Turkish soldiers near the border with Iraq in July.

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