Category Archives: Iraq

Turkey Seals Off Border Area With Iraq For Three Months


The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces yesterday published a list of forbidden zones in several southeastern provinces of Turkey, effectively sealing off the area along the Iraqi border in a depth of 20 to 30 kilometers. Another restricted … Continue reading

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Iraq To Buy U.S. Fighter Jets For Its New Air Force

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Iraq is close to sealing a deal with the U.S. over an initial procurement of 18 F-16 fighter jets, the first batch of as many as 96 new combat aircraft. (Image Copyright J & M Brandstatter, JB Photography) The announcement … Continue reading

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Minister: Turkey might go into Iraq again at any moment to fight PKK


The Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin announced yesterday that Turkish forces could cross the border into Iraq at any time to start another series of operations against the insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The minister continued that … Continue reading

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Turkey Wants U.S. Drones For Fight Against Separatists In Kurdistan

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As reported by the Washington Post on Sunday, the U.S. government is considering a Turkish request for deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) in Turkey for counterinsurgency operations. The UAV in question is the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, … Continue reading

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Turkey Continues Air Raids In Northern Iraq, Kurdistan


For the third day in a row, Turkish fighter bombers based in Diyarbakir were flying air raids in northern Iraq yesterday evening. In a press release the General Staff of the Turkish Army confirmed today, that the Turkish air force … Continue reading

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Turkish Air Force Attacks Targets In Kurdistan, Northern Iraq


The Turkish General Staff confirmed today, that several Turkish Air Force F-16C fighter bombers have attacked 60 targets in northern Iraq last night. Before the air raid, Turkish artillery put 168 targets, also on Iraqi territory, “under heavy fire” . The … Continue reading

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Middle East & Balkans News Brief – 30 July 2011


News Summary Three killed, 15 injured of the Al-Jamahiriya television as a result of a NATO strike; Libyan rebel Abdel Fatah Younis shot dead; According to Gaddafi, Younis was killed by Al-Qaeda; Gunmen launch an attack a terminal on the … Continue reading

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