- BAGHDAD (AFP) - Baghdad has accused Iranian forces of having over the
last 24 hours entered Iraqi territory and shelled Kurdish PKK guerrillas
in the northern Arbil province.
- "Iranian forces hit a border area
called Haj Umran and then entered five kilometers into Iraqi territory
and hit the area of Lollan with heavy artillery with 180 shells targeting
PKK positions," it said Sunday.
- No casualty figures were immediately
- The attack is the second Iranian offensive
against the Kurdistan Workers' Party guerilla group (PKK) in 10 days. The
group is fighting for the creation of an independent Kurdish state in southeastern
- The initial April 20 shelling killed
at least two people and injured 10 others, the PKK said.
- Iran is bound by treaty with Turkey to
fight the outlawed PKK, which has waged a 15-year insurgency against Ankara
for self rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.
- In return, Turkey has pledged to fight
the Iranian armed opposition group, the Iraq-based People's Mujahedeen.