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Turkish army advances in northern Iraq

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Turkish troops have advanced about 26 km inside Iraqi territory, Anadolu quoted Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu as saying.

The Turkish military advanced into northern Iraq some 26 to 27 km from the border, Anadolu said, referring to Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.

“Our soldiers have made progress in northern Iraq from 26 to 27 km. We almost won Kandil, “the agency quoted the minister as saying.

In March, Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that operations had been launched in Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), banned in Turkey. He also said that the party was to evacuate Sinjar and Kandil, a northern Iraqi location where party bases are deployed.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, for its part, denied information on Turkey’s launch of an operation in Sinjar .

In addition, since January 20, 2018, Turkey has been carrying out Operation Olive Branch in the Syrian Canton of Afrin against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara accuses of cooperating with the PKK banned in Turkey.

Damascus condemned the Turkish intervention in the canton of Afrine, noting that this territory was an integral part of Syria.