Fatalities reported as Iran's Guards target dissidents in Iraq

STORY: Iran's Revolutionary Guards fired missiles and drones at militant targets in the Kurdish region of neighboring northern Iraq on Wednesday.

At least nine people were killed and many more wounded in the attacks near Erbil and Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to its health minister Saman Barazanchi. He also said some of the wounded were in critical condition and that the death toll could rise.

The strikes were reported after Iranian authorities accused armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents of involvement in unrest now shaking Iran, especially in the northwest where most of the country's population of over 10 million Kurds live.

After the attack, The Revolutionary Guards, Iran's elite military and security force, said that they would continue targeting what it called terrorists in the region.

Iraq's foreign ministry condemned the attacks and said it considers this action as a violation of sovereignty.