Iran deploys tanks and artillery at border with Iraq's Kurdish region

 Iran deploys tanks and artillery at border with Iraq's Kurdish region

Iran deployed a dozen tanks supported by artillery at the border with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Monday, a Kurdish official said,

“The tanks can be seen from the Kurdish side,” Reuters cited the official in the Kurdistan Regional Government capital Erbil as saying.

The move is believed to be part of joint drills planned by the Iranian and the Iraqi government armed forces in retaliation for an independence referendum held a week ago by Iraq’s Kurds.

Iranian state television on Saturday cited a military spokesman as saying Iran and Iraq “agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces that are to be stationed at border posts”.

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