September 28, 2007
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KURDISH REBEL GROUP
CLAIMS TO HAVE KILLED 100 IRANIAN TROOPS
AND TO HAVE ESTABLISHED TIES TO U.S.

NPR’S IVAN WATSON REPORTS ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

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September 28, 2007; Washington, D.C. – NPR foreign correspondent Ivan Watson reports today on All Things Considered that members of the Kurdish rebel group PEJAK, the Party For a Free Life in Kurdistan, claims to have killed more than 100 Iranian troops and shot down an Iranian helicopter in recent fighting inside Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, an area long considered to be the most stable part of the country.

In an interview from the remote mountains on the Iraq-Iran border, PEJAK commander Biryar Gabar tells Watson of the attack: “The Iranian army tried many times to enter Iraqi Kurdistan. But that was where they faced our guerillas.”

Gabar also tells Watson that the group’s leader, Rahman Haj Ahmadi, established ties with the United States government during a recent visit to Washington, a claim the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad denies.

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