Turkey may launch new incursion in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s military chief threatened Monday to send the armed forces into Iraq again to “teach further lessons” to Kurdish rebels and claimed that a recent incursion was a success despite harsh winter weather.The eight-day operation was launched to strike rebels who use bases in northern Iraq to stage hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets. Turkey withdrew on Feb. 29.

“There are further lessons that we need to teach,” Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told journalists in a briefing on Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. “There will be operations when needed. We will continue. We will try to inflict heavier blows on the PKK.”

Buyukanit said the troops carried out raids against rebel positions at night and in deep snow.

“They have turned disadvantages into advantages due to the operational capability of the armed forces,” Buyukanit said.

Read ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s military chief threatened Monday to send the armed forces into Iraq again to “teach further lessons” to Kurdish rebels and claimed that a recent incursion was a success despite harsh winter weather.

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The eight-day operation was launched to strike rebels who use bases in northern Iraq to stage hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets. Turkey withdrew on Feb. 29.

“There are further lessons that we need to teach,” Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told journalists in a briefing on Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. “There will be operations when needed. We will continue. We will try to inflict heavier blows on the PKK.”

Buyukanit said the troops carried out raids against rebel positions at night and in deep snow.

“They have turned disadvantages into advantages due to the operational capability of the armed forces,” Buyukanit said.

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