Iraq summons Turkish envoy over PKK operation

Iraq summoned Turkey's ambassador to Baghdad to demand an immediate halt to air strikes along its northern border, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Thursday.

Iraq summons Turkish envoy over PKK operation

Iraq summoned Turkey's ambassador to Baghdad to demand an immediate halt to air strikes along its northern border, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Thursday.

Turkey last week launched a series of attacks on PKK in northern Iraq. Iraqi authorities said a Turkish air strike killed seven Iraqi civilians on Sunday.

"Yesterday the Turkish ambassador was summoned here to the foreign ministry. He was handed a ... protest, diplomatic note about the continued bombing," Zebari told Reuters in an interview. "We demanded an immediate stop to these air strikes."

PKK militants have stepped up their attacks on the Turkish military, killing more than 40 security personnel in the past month. In retaliation, the Turkish military launched air raids on PKK targets in northern Iraq, its first strikes in the region in more than a year.

The military said it has killed as many as 100 PKK militants in six days of air strikes. The PKK took up arms against the state in 1984, and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Agencies

 

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