Security officers from Iran and Iraq sign a border protection pact


Months after Tehran attacked Kurdish opposition organisations in Iraq’s north, Iran’s senior security official on Sunday inked an agreement with Iraqi authorities for the “protection” of their shared border, according to the Iraqi prime minister’s office.

Some Iranian Kurdish militias run camps and rear-bases in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, which Iran has previously accused of advancing American or Zionist goals.

Iran initiated cross-border missile and drone attacks against a number of the groups in northern Iraq in November, accusing them of inciting the widespread demonstrations that were started by the death in captivity of Iranian Kurdish lady Mahsa Amini in September.

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The agreement was signed by Qassem Al-Araji and Ali Shamkhani, the head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, when they were both in Baghdad, according to a statement.

It encompasses “coordination over the protection of common borders,” and will also see the “strengthening of collaboration in numerous sectors of security,” the announcement from the office of Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani noted.



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