Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have rejected a Kurdish rebel ceasefire as “meaningless” as long as the fighters remain along the border.
Tehran turned down the truce from the PJAK group, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. This weekend, Iran said its troops killed at least 30 Kurdish militants on the frontier with Iraq.
The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, is demanding autonomy for Iran’s minority Kurds. It is an offshoot of Turkey’s separatist Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, whose bases in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq were bombed by Turkish warplanes on Sunday.
The PKK has said it believes Turkey and Iran are coordinating attacks on Kurdish rebels and that it would join forces with the PJAK group in response.