Iraq says it has retaken are fought over with Iran

By , Edited Bt Randy Shipp

Iraq's forces have recaptured all the disputed territory along the border with neighboring Iran in two days of fierce air and ground battles, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.He added that Iraq lost only 6 dead and 14 wounded in the two days of fighting Tuesday and Wednesday, along with three tanks and three troop carriers. He said the Iranians lost 3 warplanes, including a helicopter, 29 tanks, and 5 military vehicles and had 12 soldiers captured by Iraq.

Iran's joint military staff has denied the Iraqi claim of captured territory. Tehran Radio also says Iranian forces shot down 6 Soviet-built MIG fighters and 4 helicopters during the fighting and knocked out a score or more of tanks.

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