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Iran pounds rebels in northwestern border area - state media

A tank of Iranian Army is deployed near Iraq-Iran border gate, which is closed for one day due to the military drill organised by Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on 3 October, 2017 [Feriq Fereç/Anadolu Agency]
A tank of Iranian Army is deployed near Iraq-Iran border gate, which is closed for one day due to the military drill organised by Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on 3 October, 2017 [Feriq Fereç/Anadolu Agency]

Iranian forces launched an artillery barrage on armed rebels in a northwestern border area on Saturday, a day after three Iranian border guards were killed in the remote region where the borders of Iran, Iraq and Turkey meet, Reuters reported the Iranian state media saying.

The Revolutionary Guards said its ground forces targeted positions of "counter-revolutionary terrorist groups on the other side of the northwestern borders of our country", inflicting heavy losses and casualties, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.

Clashes with Iranian Kurdish militant groups are common in the area and Iran occasionally shells northern Iraq, where it says rebel fighters take shelter.

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