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Turkey, PKK should take their fight away from Kurdistan Region, Iraq: KRG interior ministry

2020-08-11

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday (August 11) that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey should take their fight away from the territory of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

The ministry’s statement comes after two Iraqi Border Guard officers were killed in a Turkish drone strike during a meeting to resolve a dispute with the PKK in northern Erbil governorate. Several PKK fighters are believed to have been killed as well.

The KRG “will use all its capacities and attempts to distance the Region from the conflict,” the ministry said, adding that fighting between the Turkish military and the PKK only serves to “victimize” the people of the Kurdistan Region.

Turkey has been conducting intense military operations in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq, with the latest round beginning on June 15. Ankara says that the operations are necessary to protect itself from PKK attacks.

At least six civilians have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in the past two months.

The two Iraqi soldiers were the first killed by Turkey during that period.

(NRT Digital Media)