Fri, October 12, 2012
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Turkey extends mandate for military operations in Iraq

2012-10-12 03:52:34 GMT2012-10-12 11:52:34(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Sina English

Turkey's parliament on Thursday night extended for one year the mandate of the government to conduct military operations in neighboring northern Iraq against militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party based there.

The same day, the Turkish Air Force carried out a massive strike on separatists based in the Zap district on adjacent territory.

The Turkish army periodically conducts operations in northern Iraq, mostly by air, against the Kurdish rebels based there.

Turkey's conflict with the separatists, seeking establishment of Kurdish autonomy on part of its territory, has continued for over 25 years now, claiming more than 40,000 lives.

 

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