Iran's army crossed the border into neighboring Iraq and shelled the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq, where an outlawed anti-Iranian group linked with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has bases, reports in Iraqi Kurdish media said. A villager stands near a burning bush after Iranian shelling in a village near the town of Qal'at Dizah in this August 19 photo.
Iraqi Kurdish officials said hundreds of villagers fled their homes in the mountainous northeast earlier this week after what they said was days of intermittent shelling by Iran across the border. They also said they were investigating the authenticity of leaflets reportedly warning the villagers in the region to evacuate the area ahead of an Iranian military offensive against PEJAK, the Iranian arm of the outlawed PKK. More...