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Iranian Military Helicopter Crashes

February 24, 2007, RFE/RL -- An Iranian military helicopter has crashed near the border with Turkey and Iraq, killing at least one Revolutionary Guards commander.

Iran held military exercises in August, 2006
(file photo, FARS)

Eight other people were on board the helicopter when it crashed in the province of West Azerbaijan. Their fates are not immediately clear.

An Iranian Kurdish rebel group, Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), says it shot down the aircraft with a shoulder-held missile, killing eight soldiers and capturing one.

Iran's official IRNA news agency says Revolutionary Guards killed 17 rebels in the province before the crash.

In recent weeks there have been reports of fighting in West Azerbaijan between Iranian forces and the PJAK, an Iranian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

(Reuters, AFP)

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