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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Iran clash kills 12 near Iraq, says report : Friday June 6, 02:45 AM

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said 12 members of an armed group and four border guards were killed in a clash near the Iraqi border, a news agency reported on Thursday. Fars news agency said the armed group had planned to carry out "terrorist activities" in the Islamic state. It did not make clear when the clash happened and did not give details about the identity of those killed. Iranian media said last month nine Kurdish rebels and three Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed in fighting in northwestern Iran near the Turkish border. Iranian forces have often clashed in Iraqi border areas 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 to fight for a Kurdish homeland in southeast Turkey. "Some of the terrorists were killed in a clash with security forces and the others escaped to the other side of the border," Fars quoted Shahnam Rezai, a police official in the province of West Azarbaijan, as saying. "Four border guards from the town of Piranshar were martyred in the clash and one was wounded," Rezai added. Iran shares its western borders with Turkey and Iraq and a Turkish general said on Thursday his country was cooperating with Iran through the sharing of information and coordinated strikes against PKK guerrillas in northern Iraq. General Ilker Basbug, the second most powerful man in the Turkish military, said the two countries had not carried out any coordinated strikes in the last "one or two months" but would do so if necessary. The Turkish military has regularly attacked PKK rebel positions this year in the mountains of northern Iraq, where several thousands are believed to be holed up. Analysts say PJAK has bases in northern Iraq from where they operate against Iran.

Out of Iraq: Shi'ite insurgents fleeing to Iran : Wednesday, June 4, 2008

BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has reported the flight of Iraqi Shi'ite insurgents to Iran. Officials said Iranian-sponsored insurgents in Iraq have left their country and relocated to Teheran amid counter-insurgency operations by the U.S. and Iraqi militaries. They said many of the insurgents who left were members of the Iranian-sponsored Special Groups, Middle East Newsline reported. "We also know many Special Groups criminals that we target have recently fled to Iran as well," U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, commander of Multinational Division Baghdad, said. ammond, who also commands the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, said Special Groups fighters have been hampered by Iraq Army operations in Baghdad and Basra. The two-star general said Iraqi security forces have discovered more than 83 caches of mostly Iranian weapons in Baghdad's Sadr City since May 20. "We've killed or detained 455 Special Groups operatives in the last six months," Hammond told a briefing on Monday. "Now, intelligence reports indicate that these criminals receive support from elements in Iran." Despite its denials, Hammond said, Iran continues to supply Iraqi Shi'ite insurgents with weapons and training. He said Iraqi and U.S. units have confiscated weapons manufactured in Iran in 2008. "I can tell you some weapons recovered in Baghdad were identified as being produced in Iran," Hammond said. "The most recent data production [mark] was February 2008." Hammond said the Special Groups, believed to consist of defectors from the Mahdi Army, has sustained heavy losses over the last month. In Sadr City, Iraqi security forces killed 163 Special Groups members. Iraqi and U.S. troops also found 175 improvised explosive devices, 76 of them deemed explosively-formed projectiles, designed to pierce Western-origin main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers. The weapons caches also contained rocket-propelled grenades and rifles as well as more than 320 mortar rounds. Hammond said the Iraq Army, with U.S. air support, destroyed 61 enemy mortar teams in Sadr City. "There are still challenges ahead," Hammond said.

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