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Iran deploys heavy weaponry to crush Kurdish protests

The Iranian government’s escalating violence against protesters in Kurdish cities has led to chains of funerals.
Iran Kurds

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) deployed helicopters and rows of military vehicles and machine guns to the Kurdish city of Javanroud as part of its clampdown on anti-government protests that have gripped the country since mid-September.

As reports of deadly shootings came out, the IRGC-affiliated Fars News confirmed that combat bullets had been fired, but on “terrorists” linked to opposition groups based in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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