IRGC forces on Sunday launched coordinated attacks against the Iranian Kurdish rebel group PJAK, reportedly occupying their camps in northwestern border region of Iran as well as inside the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region. IRGC forces staged in the Iranian border town of Sardasht crossed the border and entered Iraqi Kurdistan after heavily shelling PJAK positions.
"All the three camps on Iraqi soil that were backing the terrorist group have fallen under our control and we have full control of the area," said Colonel Delavar Ranjbarzadeh, IRGC commander at Sardasht [IRNA, 18 July].
IRGC operations inside Iraqi Kurdistan reportedly are still continuing. The IRGC announced that one of its members was killed in action and three others wounded, and that tens of PJAK members were also killed.
AFP quoted a PJAK spokesman that IRGC forces had suffered several casualties in the fighting in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Sulaimaniyah province.
Last week a senior Iranian military official said Iran reserved the right to attack PJAK bases inside Iraqi Kurdistan.