The mullah regime in Teheran said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
has entered the Kurdistan region of Iraq and captured several bases. IRGC
said the bases were under the control of the Party of Free Life of
Kurdistan (PEJAK), said to have been waging an insurgency war in northwestern Iran.
"Three bases in Iraqi territory were providing assistance to the
terrorists," Col. Delavar Ranjbarzadeh, an IRGC commander, said.
IRGC said the incursion into northern Iraq took place on July 17-18 and
encountered Kurdish resistance. Ranjbarzadeh said the Kurdish rebels, many
of whom were killed, sustained what he termed a "heavy and historic defeat."
This marked the first Iranian offensive in Iraq since the 1980-88 war
between Baghdad and Teheran. About a week before the invasion, IRGC warned
that it was preparing an offensive against PEJAK.
One of the Kurdish camps captured by IRGC was identified as Marvan.
Officials said Marvan was the leading PEJAK camp in the region and contained
at least 30 fighters.
The Kurdish rebel movement has confirmed the IRGC offensive but said at
least five Iranian soldiers were killed. PEJAK as well as Kurdish Regional
Government officials said Iranian forces have reached 10 kilometers into