Turkey army working with Iran on PKK strikes: General

Turkey's military is cooperating with Iran by sharing information and coordinating strikes against PKK militants in northern Iraq, a senior Turkish general said on Thursday.

Turkey army working with Iran on PKK strikes: General
Turkey's military is cooperating with Iran by sharing information and coordinating strikes against PKK militants in northern Iraq, a senior Turkish general said on Thursday.

"We haven't done it (coordinated strikes) for one or two months but we would do it if necessary," General Ilker Basbug, head of the land forces and the second most powerful man in the Turkish military, told reporters at a security conference.

The Turkish military regularly strikes the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets this year in the mountains of northern Iraq, where several thousands are believed to be holed up.

Turkish troops conducted a large-scale incursion across the border in February.

Iranian forces have often clashed in Iraqi border areas with militants from the outlawed Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an offshoot of the PKK. Analysts say PJAK has bases in northern Iraq from where they operate against Iran.

The European Union and the United States are keen for NATO-member Turkey, which says it is defending itself against a terrorist organisation, to keep its attacks in northern Iraq limited to avoid destabilising Iraq and the wider region.

An estimated 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 1984.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2008, 12:48
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