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Turkish troops in Iraq will deepen to 50 kilometers

February 24 2008

Cross-border operation of Turkish army into northern Iraq aims to defeat the main forces of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party, allegedly planning a major campaign of violence in Turkey in the spring and summer, local media reported. PKK currently has 4,5-5 thousand fighters, is going to bring the number of their troops and 10 thousand people.

In order to prevent the increase of forces of the separatists, the main bases are located in northern Iraq, Turkish forces on Thursday launched a major operation on a contiguous territory. As part of an operation plan to army units move into Northern Iraq by 50 miles. Now hostilities are conducted within a 20-kilometer zone, RIA Novosti news agency.

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