Iran attacks Iraq opposition bases

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Iran attacks Iraq opposition bases

Iranian forces attacked opposition bases in the semiautonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks against Kurdish groups that Iran blames for some of the protests that have gripped the country for almost three weeks.

The attacks were reported by Iranian state media, which did not provide casualty figures.

The head of the Iranian Kurdish opposition party Komalah said Iranian forces had launched an artillery attack on one of its bases in Iraqi Kurdistan. Abdullah Mohtadi, the director of the Komalah Party ofKomalah Party of Iranian Kurdistan, said two people were injured in the shelling of the main base about 10 miles southwest of the city of Suleimaniyah.

The violence was the latest deadly attack by Tehran against militant Kurdish opposition groups, drawing condemnation from around the world as it tries to curb the demonstrations that have convulsed Iran for the past 18 days.

More than 50 people have been killed and more than 17 killed since the start of the bombardments, according to Iraqi Kurdish news media. The United Nations said last week Iranian attacks hit Iranian refugee settlements across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan. At least nine civilians were killed and dozens more injured, according to local officials.