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Iraqi militia controls border crossing with Iran

Iran has three main crossings with northern Iraq’s Kurdish region

17.10.2017
Iraqi militia controls border crossing with Iran FILE PHOTO

By Idris Okudogo

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq

Pro-government forces seized control of the Parwezkhan border crossing between Iraq and Iran on Tuesday, according to an Iraqi security official.

“Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, stationed on the Iranian side, have crossed the border and seized control of the crossing,” the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

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NRT TV, which broadcasts from the northern city of Sulaymaniya, also quoted officials at the crossing confirming the news.

Iran has three main crossings with northern Iraq’s Kurdish region: Haji Omaran (in the Erbil province), Parwezkhan, and Bashmaq.

On Monday, Iraqi forces captured the oil-rich Kirkuk city, three weeks after the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) held a referendum on the secession of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region.

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