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Kurdistan

Turkish troops push 27km into Iraqi territory: interior minister

By Rudaw 2/6/2018
Turkey has long been engaged in an on-and-off conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) along the northern mountainous areas of the Kurdistan Region. AP file photo
Turkey has long been engaged in an on-and-off conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) along the northern mountainous areas of the Kurdistan Region. AP file photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish forces have made a 26-27-kilometer incursion into Iraqi territory, Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu claimed on Saturday.

“Now our children are 26-27 kilometers ahead in northern Iraq … We used to say: ‘We would go to Qandil in this or that way.’ Now we are saying: ‘We are almost in Qandil. Do not worry.’ We will not leave it for traitors,” Soylu told AKP supporters after attending a collective noon prayer.

On Friday, Turkey’s Haberturk TV broadcast images of Turkish forces in Barmiza, a Kurdish village in Bradost located on Kurdistan Region-Turkey border. The channel said Turkish forces distributed 200 kilograms of aid.


Images show Turkish soldiers having friendly discussions with villagers and taking photos with them. According to one video, soldiers and villagers are sharing Iftar meals together.

Turkey has long said it is prepared to attack bases and positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Yezidi area of Shingal, west of Mosul, and also in the Qandil mountains located on the border between Turkey and the Kurdistan Region.

The PKK is an armed group fighting for the rights of Kurds in Turkey but is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.

Although Baghdad and Erbil have called on the PKK to leave Iraqi territory, Turkish incursions into the north of the country have caused tensions with Ankara. 

The Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) released a statement on Saturday condemning the Turkish incursion. 

“Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s sovereignty should be respected, and forces from other countries should not be permitted to enter the region,” CDJ spokesman Rebwar Mahmmud told the party’s media outlet Xendan on Saturday.

“Turkish army’s incursion into the Kurdistan Region’s territory is violation of international laws, as well as Iraq and the Kurdistan Rregion’s sovereignty. We call on the Iraqi government and the KRG to work together in order to put a limit to breaking Kurdistan’s sovereignty,” he added.

Xendan also said thirteen lawmakers from the Kurdistan Region Parliament have called for a special parliamentary session to condemn the Turkish incursion.

 

Last updated 10.38 P.M.

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Qandil? | 2/6/2018
Nothing but propaganda. The PKK May one day be defeated but something far more powerful is brewing in Kurdistan. The Kurdistani and the idea for a free and independent Kurdistan
guest2002 | 2/6/2018
By calling it “ Iraqi territory” you can not change the fact that it is KRG territory. Arabs took half of KRG while you were watching and Turks are trying to take the northern half, while you are still watching. Just sickening!!
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 2/6/2018
An engineer I work with was born in Germany. Decades ago, his family left and came to America, in part, because a neighbor back there was (still) going out into his back yard and doing his Nazi-puffery "thing" at night. ... I can imagine what emotions this invasion is bringing at Erdogan's rallies ... My point is, the longer this goes on, the slower it will die.
guest | 2/6/2018
Turkey is defending their land against Terrorism and Violence imposed by Kurds. What's the issue here? You guys are irritated because they have to protect their borders. Why are there Kurdish people still living in Turkey peacefully and in harmony. They are good Muslims who are thankful for having a land to live on, not like the PKK. When you question the region and borders and land don't forget who made the borders after WW1
Hajar | 2/6/2018
Even if you beat the PKK, what changes? Kurds will want to decide on their own, not based on the preference of Turkish, Arab or Persian dictators.
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