TEHRAN - Iran has begun a new military push against
Kurdish rebels on the border with Iraq, state television IRIB reported
on Saturday, days after Turkey said its air strikes had killed up to 160
militants inside Iraqi territory.
Ground troops of Iran's Revolutionary Guards were carrying out the
offensive after what IRIB said was a one-month grace period during
Ramadan offered to the rebels to withdraw from the country's
northwestern border areas.
It said heavy damage had been inflicted in the push to clear rebels from
the Sardasht heights border area. Casualty numbers would be released
Iran said in mid-August it had killed dozens of members of the Party of
Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an offshoot of the Turkey-based Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK), which Tehran blames for sabotage attacks on gas
pipelines and ambushing its troops.