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Iran Guard Strikes Iraq Kurdish Groups 09/26 07:09

   

   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard on 
Monday unleashed a wave of drone strikes and artillery, targeting what Tehran 
says are bases of Iranian Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq, a semiofficial 
news agency reported.

   It was the second such cross-border assault since the weekend, at a time 
when Iran is convulsing with protests over the death of a 22-year-old Iranian 
Kurdish woman who was been detained by the nation's morality police.

   On Saturday, the Guard said it targeted bases and training camps of Kurdish 
separatist groups in northern Iraq, claiming it inflicted serious damage.

   Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini have spread across at least 46 
cities, towns and villages. Iranian state TV has suggested that at least 41 
protesters and police have been killed since the protests began Sept. 17. An 
Associated Press count of official statements by authorities tallied at least 
13 dead, with more than 1,200 demonstrators arrested.

   In Monday's report, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency said the Guard's 
attacks were in response for the support that the separatists have allegedly 
provided for the unrest inside Iran, as well as their attempts to smuggle in 
weapons.

   Last year, the Guard similarly attacked what it called bases of "terrorist 
groups" in northern Iraq.

   There was no immediate comment from the Iraqi government. The two 
neighboring countries have close political and military ties, and Tehran had 
provided extensive military support for Baghdad, during its yearslong war 
against the extremist Islamic State group.

 
 
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