"6). We are conducting cross-border "forays" into Iran. The "we" in this scenario is the United States along with Israel, but also includes now Party to Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK). As I reported and as Hersh has previously reported, we are conducting some massive clandestine activities in Iran that are less about HUMIT and more about destabilization. My reports have focused on the MEK, so this added Contras-like element into the game makes things even more interesting. PJAK is closely tied to PKK, a terrorist organization that the US has also supported in the past and is allegedly still supporting."(she also notes that we've found our Curveball, and she wonders who will play SISMI)
Here is the quote from Hersh's article:
"Another critical issue for Gates will be the Pentagon’s expanding effort to conduct clandestine and covert intelligence missions overseas. Such activity has traditionally been the C.I.A.’s responsibility, but, as the result of a systematic push by Rumsfeld, military covert actions have been substantially increased. In the past six months, Israel and the United States have also been working together in support of a Kurdish resistance group known as the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan. The group has been conducting clandestine cross-border forays into Iran, I was told by a government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon civilian leadership, as “part of an effort to explore alternative means of applying pressure on Iran.” (The Pentagon has established covert relationships with Kurdish, Azeri, and Baluchi tribesmen, and has encouraged their efforts to undermine the regime’s authority in northern and southeastern Iran.) The government consultant said that Israel is giving the Kurdish group “equipment and training.” The group has also been given “a list of targets inside Iran of interest to the U.S.” (An Israeli government spokesman denied that Israel was involved.)"
* Mizgin notes:
"Hersh's information on PJAK doesn't square with my information on PJAK and my information doesn't come from CIA, the Turkish foreign ministry, or Arab and Turk media. Hersh has a pattern of writing that shows he relies on the unreliable for his information. Maybe he's stupid; maybe he's just another typical lazy Western journalist; maybe he's working for the Turkish government."
* mizgin also says:
"CIA was at Qandîl in the last half of 2003 and first half of 2004. Then there were reports that they were back at Qandîl this last summer. There was a lot of discussion about this among the Southern Kurds at the time. Eastern Kurds too. The reports all indicated that CIA had only spoken to PKK with no mention of PJAK.
For the extreme PKK sympathizers, this isn't an inconsistency because we know who is the president of the executive council of KKK--Murat Karayilan. Cemil Bayik is the commander of PJAK. PKK admitted publicly that CIA had been to Qandîl but did not discuss publicly what had taken place. Among extreme PKK sympathizers, who know PKK and know the mindset of the organization and the goals, the speculation is that Karayilan listened to CIA. It's possible that Bayik was present also. Other than listening, at this point, there is no indication of any "agreement" having taken place.
IF there had been any kind of agreement like the one Hersh talks about, this would be a matter of national security for the Kurdish people and must be treated as such.
Things will be relatively quiet from now until spring. Winter is setting in. If it is difficult for gerîlas to move about in their own environment, it is impossible for anyone else."