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US predator drones arrive in Turkey
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Turkey has reportedly received four US Predator drones, which it has stationed in its southern Incirlik air base, Press TV reports.


Two of the drones arrived in Turkey on October 16, while the remaining ones were delivered on October 23, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.

According to reports, Turkish military personnel will not be allowed to operate the drones. The US will instead operate them whenever it receives a request from Turkey to do so.

The delivery of the drones comes after Turkey and the US agreed to step up the fight against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists.

Turkish Air Force and Army commanders have considered using drones to detect PKK militant bases to make an attack on the targets easier.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international communities, including Turkey, Iran, the European Union, and the United States.

Over 45,000 people in Turkey have lost their lives since PKK terrorists launched an armed campaign against Ankara in 1984 in a quest to force an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey.

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