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MP: Iran Entitled to Target Terrorist Camps

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TEHRAN, July 19 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker stressed Tehran's right to take proper preemptive and offensive measures against anti-Iran terrorist groups, and underlined that Iran is entitled to target terrorist camps to preserve its security.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:06:37 PM
MP: Iran Entitled to Target Terrorist Camps

"Terrorist groups take refuge in the neighboring countries' soil (and stage their operations from there), and we are naturally entitled to the right to target terrorist groups' hubs and camps," Head of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told FNA on Tuesday.

"Hence, these groups should know that Iran will continue this policy seriously and decisively," the lawmaker reiterated.

He pointed to the crimes committed against the Iranian nation by such US-backed terrorist groups as the Iraq-based armed opposition group, PJAK (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan), and stated, "The Iranian public opinion and nation expect a very serious confrontation with these terrorist groups."

Earlier, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour announced that Iranian forces have hit a heavy blow at the PJAK, and stressed that Iran will continue giving crushing responses to terrorists.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the Northwestern parts of the country along its joint border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

During the operations, the IRGC forces killed, injured and arrested tens of terrorists and destroyed their headquarters in the bordering areas of Alvatan near Sardasht city in Northwestern Iran.

PJAK, a militant Kurdish nationalist group with bases in the mountainous regions of Northern Iraq, has been carrying out numerous attacks in Western Iran, Southern Turkey and the Northeastern parts of Syria where Kurdish populations live.

The separatist group has been fighting to establish an autonomous state, or possibly a new world country, in the area after separating Kurdish regions from Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria.

The outlawed group has been staging attacks across the border in Iran since 2004 in an attempt to establish an independent Kurdish state.

Iranian intelligence and security officials have repeatedly accused Washington of providing military support and logistical aids for such anti-Iran terrorist groups.

An April 10, 2006 report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed that the US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were establishing contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups in Iran such as the PJAK rebels.

Later in November 2006 Hersh wrote that, "Israel and the United States have also been working together in support of a Kurdish opposition group known as the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan.

"The group has been conducting clandestine cross-border forays into Iran," Hersh added.

According to Hersh, Israel has been providing the Kurdish group with "equipment and training". The group has also been given "a list of targets inside Iran of interest to the US".

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