Turkish special forces enter Iraq to fight Kurdish militants

September 8, 2015

Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq in pursuit of guerrillas from the outlawed Kurdish group the PKK yesterday, as the renewed fighting in the south-east of the country escalated.

It was the first time Turkish soldiers had entered Iraqi territory for four years and since a 2013 ceasefire was thought to have ended the long civil war which killed 40,000 people in three decades.

They were pursuing a group of around 40 PKK guerrillas believed to be responsible for a roadside bomb attack on Sunday which killed 16 soldiers travelling in a convoy near the Iraqi border.


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