Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed Iran's army out of the last major pockets of Iraqi territory it held along the southern border, the official Iraqi radio said.

Iran said its warplanes bombed Iraqi positions in the southern Zubaidat region of Iraq, but did not say the Iraqi forces had regained control of the area. Iran also announced its forces were pulling back from positions in Iraq's northern mountains.Iraq's presidential guards spearheaded the offensive to retake a chunk of land in the Zubaidat region along the border with Iran, according to war communiques broadcast by Iraqi radio.

The offensive began just after dawn and the Zubaidat area was captured by late morning, according to the official Iraqi radio.