Turkish ground forces cross into northern Iraq to pursue PKK

AFP, September 8

Ankara – Turkey on Tuesday confirmed its special ground forces had crossed into northern Iraq to pursue Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants following deadly attacks but emphasised the incursion would be short-term.

“Turkish security forces crossed the Iraqi border as part of the hot pursuit of PKK terrorists who were involved in the most recent attacks,” a Turkish government source told AFP.

“This is a short-term measure intended to prevent the terrorists’ escape.”


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