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Turkey, Iran strike village in Erbil, Iraq – report (www.jpost.com)

Turkish aircraft and Iranian artillery targeted the town of Haji Omeran in the Erbil Governorate of Iraq on Tuesday, according to Sky News Arabia.

Haji Omeran is located along the Iran-Iraq border in northeastern Iraq.

The district mayor of Haji Omeran, Farzang Ahmed, told Rudaw that Iranian artillery has targeted Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in the area before, but that Turkish strikes on the area were unheard of.

“We suspect that the two sides are in coordination, because this is the first time that Turkey has bombed this region,” said Ahmed to Rudaw. “This region is frequently and every year under Iran’s shelling, on the grounds that they are targeting Kurdish opposition parties.”
The strikes come a day after the launch of Operation Claw-Eagle, targeting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq.Turkey regularly targets Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, both in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based.Reuters contributed to this report.

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