Iran claims that 67 Iraqi soldiers were killed in the latest clash between the two countries' troops on their joint border on Tuesday (5 March).
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Background: Iran claims that 67 Iraqi soldiers were killed in the latest clash between the two countries' troops on their joint border on Tuesday (5 March).
Radio Iran said two Iraqi armoured cars were destroyed in the outbreak of fighting, and Iranian forces had been put on full alert all along the border where Iraqi troops, tanks and other armoured unites are massing.
The latest clash comes only three weeks after fighting again broke out on the border, subject of a drawn-out dispute between the two countries.
Early in February, Iran accused Iraq of a surprise attack on several Iranian border posts, in which 41 men died and 80 were wounded. Mehran, the scene of that attack, has again been shelled in the present flare-up.
Relations between the two rival oil-producing states have been strained by a dispute over navigation rights in the Shatt Al-Atab, the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rives which forms part of their common border. They broke off diplomatic relations in 1971 which were resumed until October last year.
Both countries have lodged complaints with the United National and have agreed to the dispatch of a neutral fact-finding mission to the troubled border area. United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim is expected to name a representative to undertake the mission when he returns from his 13-nation African tour.