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Turkey deploys military on Iraq border
Turkey has reportedly deployed 200 military vehicles, including Kirpi armored vehicles (pictured), which are resistant to mine blasts.
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:59PM
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Turkey has deployed a massive military convoy in a southeastern district that borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Press TV reports.


Turkish sources said the military convoy is comprised of about 200 military vehicles, including those that are resistant to mine blasts, Press TV's Ankara correspondent reported.

The convoy had reportedly arrived in the Cukurca district of the southeastern province of Hakkari on Monday morning and then had moved towards Isikli and Cayirli border points.

Turkey's border areas with Iraq have been previously scene of Turkish airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants but reports say that this is the first time that such a huge military convoy has been deployed in the region.

Turkish Cobra helicopters and jammer vehicles accompanied the military convoy as it moved to the border points.

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

Over 40,000 people have lost their lives since the PKK launched its armed campaign against Ankara in 1984.

The PKK militants launch their attacks from Iraq's Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of Kurdistan Regional Government.


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