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Iraqi Kurds Seek Help To Halt Iranian Incursion

ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) -- Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region today demanded the central government in Baghdad take steps against an incursion into its territory by Iranian forces pursuing Kurdish rebels.

The Kurdish regional assembly unanimously adopted a memorandum calling on the Iraqi government, the United Nations, the United States, and other powers "to press Iran to stop its bombardment of Iraqi border villages and to end its occupation of a position inside Iraqi Kurdistan."

Iranian forces frequently clash with rebels from the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which took up arms in 1984 for an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey.