At least three soldiers killed amid IRGC-Kurdish opposition clashes in northwest Iran

File photo of members of IRGC march during an annual military parade in Tehran. (Illustrated photo: AFP)

At least three members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed in heavy clashes with Kurdish fighters northwest of the country late Tuesday, according to reports.

The clashes between the IRGC and forces of an Iranian Kurdish opposition group occurred in the Kurdish-populated village of Kuran, near the city of Urmia, the capital of the north-western province of West Azerbaijan.

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At least three IRGC members have been killed in the clashes which are still ongoing, Kurdish rights group Hengaw reported.

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An Iranian Kurdish opposition outlet claimed that dozens of IRGC members have been killed in the clashes.

The Turkish army took part in the clashes by joining the IRGC in bombing Kuran, the same source said.

So far, no Kurdish groups have claimed responsibility for the clashes.

Iran’s state media is also yet to comment on the clashes.

Last week, the IRGC and the Turkish military carried out attacks against Kurdish fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Turkey and Iran are likely cooperating in their recent attacks against Kurdish areas in Iraq and Iran, according to experts.

The two countries have for decades viewed their Kurdish populations as a potential threat to their sovereignty.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 24 June 2020 KSA 02:55 - GMT 23:55
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