Wednesday, September 12, 2007
(AKI) - Iran has begun the construction of a wall along the border with war-torn Iraq, to prevent militants of the Kurdistan's Workers Party (PKK) out of the country. According to government sources in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, work on the first four kilometer long section of the wall are underway in the area of the Haj Omran border crossing, near the Qandil mountains.
The area is just six-kilometers from where US-troops stationed in Southern Kurdistan are building a new military base. The Pentagon has also announced the construction of armored military checkpoints, on all roads that lead from Iran to Iraq. The US military says the checkpoints aim to help curb the flow of weapons from Iran and destined for Iraqi insurgents.