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24 July 2024

Turkish troops cross into Iraq

By Agencies


A group of 300 Turkish troops crossed into Kurdish territory in northern Iraq overnight and moved 2-3 kilometres deeper into Iraq on Tuesday morning, a senior Iraqi military source told Reuters.

The source said the Turkish troops were lightly armed and had moved into the Gali Rash area, a mountainous district near the border. There were no reports of clashes, the source said.

Turkey says it has a right to use military force to combat Kurdish separatist rebels based in northern Iraq.

Turkish warplanes bombed villages in northern Iraq over the weekend. Iraq complained that at least one civilian woman was killed in the weekend strikes, and has said it wants any future military action to be coordinated with Baghdad.

The incursion comes as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Iraq on a visit. Washington, which has 155,000 troops in Iraq, said it was informed of the weekend air raids in advance. (Reuters)