By Samnak Aghai
In the latest round of armed battles between the armed wing of the Kurdistan’s Pajak party and the Islamic government Passdaran Revolutionary Guards, the forces of the group attacked the Command Headquarters of the Air Force in Tehran killing three officers and wounding others, according to a number of reports circulating in Iran.
Boroojelat news agency wrote that this was the first time that an armed wing of a Kurdish party had engaged in military operations in the capital of the country.
Armed clashes between the military division of the weapons carrying Pajak party with the Passdaran during last week in areas around five Kurdish towns in the West of Iran left tens dead and injured.
According to Kurdish sources, in addition to this, there were also clashes between the armed Komeleh group and the Passdaran guards which also left a number of dead and injured people.
Reports indicate that the clashes between Pajak and Passdaran still actively continued around the mountains of Western Iran.
Government news sources have announced 8 Passdaran deaths and 6 Pajak deaths in the recent round of clashes.
The PR office of Pajak also announced that its forces had been in armed clashes with the Passdaran and claimed to have killed at least 50 government guards (Passdaran) during last week in its retaliatory attacks.
It also published the names of seven of its members who had been killed in the battles.
The recent round of armed clashes between Pajak and the Passdaran began in the early days of last week following Pajak’s military operations in villages around Sardasht.
According to reports, the conflict began when an explosive trap set up by Pajak went off killing four Passdaran guards and wounding one.
The Passdaran responded by dispatching a large number of its forces to the scene but a second explosion killed another seven guards and wounding others. None of the sides have announced accurate figures on the number of wounded in these armed clashes.
Following the Sardasht incident, at 10 pm local time on Tuesday a more violent battle took place around Kamyaran as a result of which a number of forces on both sides suffered death and injuries.
Government sources have not published any news on this incident while Pajak has claimed that during this round five Passdaran vehicles carrying Passdaran guards were attacked and set on fire, killing and wounding their occupants.
Around the town of Kermanshah in Western Iran too similar clashes took place between Pajak and the Passdaran in which at least 13 guards were killed as their vehicle was travelling towards the border accompanied by a military vehicle. For of them were local inhabitants.
Yet another clash is reported to have taken place around Khoi which also lead a number of dead and injured on both sides. Pajak claimed in its statement that “36 Passdaran guards were killed during the 2 day operations and a total of over 50 guards during the whole week.”
In retaliation to the attacks, the Passdaran on Tuesday shelled the villages near the border with its artillery, which continues as this report was filled in.
What is alarming is that the reports of armed clashes with government forces were not confined to those announced by Pajak.
Kurdish news sources also claimed that another Kurdish armed group Komeleh also engaged the Passdaran in battles. According to their reports, three members of the Komeleh engaged in armed encounters with government forces in separate incidents.
No details were available. Another report confirmed the Komeleh-Passdaran clashes on Tuesday in the villages around the town of Baneh as the group attacked a Passdaran base leaving one guard dead.
Government news sources have not reported on this report, clash or the casualties, except for one or two references while Kurdish sources make detailed daily announcements on them.
The clashes have created havoc for the residents of the villages on the border and the battles have reached levels that the retaliatory attacks by both sides are threatening the innocent and unarmed residents in the region.