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The region here is like a jungle: the strong eat the weak

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 27, 2010

Iranian forces crossed into neighboring Iraq and killed 30 fighters from a group Tehran says was involved in last week’s bombing of a military parade, the state TV reported.

Gen. Abdolrasoul Mahmoudabadi of the elite Revolutionary Guards told the TV on Sunday that the “terrorists” were killed in a clash Saturday “beyond the border” and that his forces were still in pursuit of two men who escaped the ambush.

While Iran has said in the past it would target armed groups on Iraqi soil, this is a rare case of it actually admitting to an attack.

Iraqi officials have complained in the past about Iranian artillery shelling its northern mountainous region where armed Kurdish opposition groups have taken refuge.

An explosion during a military parade in the town of Mahabad, in Iran’s northwestern Kurdish region, killed 12 women and children on Wednesday.

Iran has already blamed the attack on Kurdish armed forces that have fought Iranian forces in the area for years, but most Kurdish groups condemned the attack and no one has so far claimed responsibility for it.

“The region here is like a jungle: the strong eat the weak,” said Iraqi Brig. Gen. Sami Wahab, who oversees the nearby Zurbatiyah port of entry, the largest official pedestrian land crossing between Iraq and Iran.

“If the Iraqi government keeps going backward and reaches the level where you can say it’s a weak country, then there’s a good chance of Iran coming in,” Sami said. “But we don’t have cannons to respond; we don’t have jets to bomb. That’s why the Iraqi people are scared.”

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