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Iran, Iraq Set Up Committee to Fight Kurdish Rebels, Fars Says

October 11, 2011

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Iran and Iraq have set up a joint “security committee” to fight the rebel Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan or PJAK, the state-run Fars news agency reported, citing the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The two countries will cooperate to counter PJAK “and its forces on Iraq’s northern borders,” according to a statement by Maliki’s office today, Fars said without giving details of what measures will be taken.

Members of PJAK regularly clash with Iranian security forces along the country’s north-western border. The group seeks autonomy for Iran’s Kurdish areas and is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK, which has origins in Turkey.

--Editors: Ben Holland, Louis Meixler.

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