BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite service branch within the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will not partake in any military operation alongside Turkey against armed rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the organisation’s own press office.
Speculation that this might happen began on Monday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan disclosed that he had been in talks with Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri regarding possible bilateral military action by the two nations against PKK insurgents.
The IRGC statement insisted that although the armed service does not “conduct operations abroad”, it will nonetheless “confront any person or group that will seek to have influence on Iran’s territory” as well as “oppose any attempt to commit a terrorist attack inside [Iran].”
The recent visit by Iran’s Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri to Turkey for the discussing of strategic matters represents one of the highest level meetings of its kind in the history of bilateral military cooperation the two nations.
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