Nov. 2, 2007

President George W. Bush

The White House

Re: Results of Fact-finding mission to PJAK bases in northern Iraq
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Dear Mr. President,

When Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan comes to visit you on November 5, he will be asking your approval to launch military action against Kurdish rebels based in Northern Iraq.

While not expressing any opinion about the activities of the Turkish Kurds, commonly identified as the PKK, we want to bring to your attention the myths and disinformation regarding the Party of Free Life of Iranian Kurdistan, commonly known as PJAK, and urge you NOT to give Prime Minister Erdogan a green light to invade northern Iraq.

A Turkish invasion of northern Iraq will not only destabilize a peaceful, prosperous, and pro-American region of Iraq: it will directly benefit the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Indeed, it is our opinion that Prime Minister Erdogan, is acting as a stalking horse for the Islamic Republic of Iran in this matter.

PJAK is currently the ONLY Iranian opposition group that has launched a comprehensive political and military struggle against the Iranian regime.

They are an independent, pro-American group, totally separate from the PKK, that has served America’s strategic interests since 2003 by preventing the infiltration of Iranian-backed insurgents and weapons into Iraq from Iran in the areas of the Qandil mountains under their control.

And yet, Mr. Erdogan, in alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran, wants your permission to destroy PJAK by false allegations that they are “a branch” of the PKK.

A recent fact-finding tour of PJAK bases in Northern Iraq by FDI president Kenneth R. Timmerman came to the following conclusions:

1)    PJAK has bases in northern Iraq in a totally different sector of the border region from those used by the PKK.

2)    There is no PKK presence at PJAK bases, and no political, military, or strategic cooperation between the two groups.

3)    The Islamic Republic of Iran has forged a political and military alliance with Turkey to smash PJAK under the guise of Turkey’s war with the PKK, because PJAK is currently the only political opposition group that poses a real threat to the regime.

4)    PJAK seeks to democratize Iran through a broad-based political struggle, backed by “self-defense forces” whose purpose is to deter repressive actions by the Revolutionary Guards and other security forces. They do not seek a military confrontation with the regime, nor are they asking for U.S. military assistance.

5)    PJAK has no involvement and, indeed, does not endorse the actions undertaken against Turkey by the HPG self-defense forces, commonly (and erroneously) known as the PKK.

6)    Without PJAK bases along Iraq’s border with Iran, the Quds Force would be able to open a new front against the United States and our allies in Iraq and transform the Kurdish Regional Governate in northern Iraq into a battleground.

7)    The war against PJAK and the PKK has been a joint venture between Iran and Turkey from the start. When Turkish artillery commenced artillery bombardment of suspected PKK hideouts in northern Iraq on the morning of August 16, Iranian artillery began shelling PJAK areas at the same time.

8)    As part of the Iran-Turkey alliance, Turkish military officers are currently stationed at Revolutionary Guards headquarters in Urmieh and in other Iranian cities close to northern Iraq, where they are advising Iranian troops in counter-insurgency methods.

Mr. President, don’t take our word for what’s going on in the PJAK-controlled areas along Iraq’s northern border with Iraq. Ask Lt. Gen. Bernard Mixon, commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq.

General Mixon stated unequivocally last week that the Coalition would not send forces into northern Iraq against Kurdish rebels, nor would the Coalition ask the Kurdish Regional Government to expel them.

His reason was simple: if PJAK were to be expelled from the border area, Iran would open a new infiltration route to supply insurgents with arms, money, and Explosively-Formed-Penetrators (EFPs) for use against coalition forces and our Iraqi allies.

Without PJAK control of Iraq’s border with Iran, Erbil and Suleymaniyah would ressemble the Fallujah and Ramadi of early 2006.
Mr. President, PJAK has been a de facto U.S. ally in the war on terror since April 2003.

Allowing Turkey to do Iran’s dirty work in eliminating the PJAK presence in northern Iraq would run directly counter to our national security interests.

It would also strike a devastating blow to the goal you have so eloquently expressed of helping the Iranian people to bring freedom and democracy to their country.

Therefore we urge you, Mr. President, not to give in to these false representations regarding PJAK.


Kenneth R. Timmerman
President, Foundation for Democracy in Iran

Hon. David Beasely
Former S.C. Governor (1995-1999)
President, Center for Global Strategies, Ltd

Frank Gaffney
President & CEO, Center for Security Policy

Cliff Kincaid
President, America’s Survival, Inc.

Amy Ridenour
Vice Chairman, Americans for the Preservation of Liberty

William J. Murray
President, Religious Freedom Coalition

Peter Huessy
President, Geo-Strategic Analysis, Inc.

Peter Ferrara
Executive Director, American Civil Rights Union

Richard Falknor
Executive Vice President, Maryland Taxpayers Association

David Ridenour
Vice President, National Center for Public Policy Research

Rev. Dr. Keith Roderick
Secretary General, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights

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