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Iran Asks Iraq To Expel Iranian Rebels From Kurdistan Region


Iran has in the past shelled armed Kurdish opposition groups based in northern Iraq. (file photo)

Iran has asked Iraq to expel Iranian rebels from Iraqi Kurdistan or expect Tehran to take "preventative measures," against the armed groups.

"We call on the Iraqi government to take more serious action to expel these groups from Iraqi Kurdistan so that Iran does not have to take preventative measures against...these armed terrorists," said Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's top national security body, the state news agency IRNA reported on August 10.

Iran has in the past shelled armed Kurdish opposition groups based in northern Iraq, mostly in areas controlled by the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Shamkhani, who made the remarks at a meeting with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, did not refer to the KRG.

There are frequent clashes along Iran's border with northern Iraq between Iranian security forces and Kurdish militant groups such as the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), which has links to Kurdish PKK insurgents in Turkey.

Based on reporting by Reuters
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