Iranian forces have fired artillery against Kurdish guerrilla positions in Iraqi border areas, a state-owned newspaper reported Tuesday in the first Iranian confirmation of the shelling.
Quoting the former chief of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, the IRAN daily said Iran considers shelling the guerrillas its right in order to protect its security.
"In some cases, military forces have barraged bases of the PEJAK group, the opposition Kurdish guerrilla, in Iraq's soil," IRAN quoted General Yahya Rahim Safavi as saying.
"Some bases of Pejak are in 10 kilometers away from the Iranian border in Iraqi soil. Providing security in the borders is a natural right of Iran," Safavi was quoted as saying.