Turkish troops, backed by air coverage, have been deployed in northern Iraq amid violent clashes with fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Arabs Today news website reported Monday.
“The forces are now stationed in the sub-district of Sidakan, northeast of the Kurdistan Region’s capital, and have already set up fixed barracks in the border triangle between Iraq, Syria and Turkey,” Krmanj Izzat, the mayor of Soran city, said.
Izzat expected Turkish troops not to leave their positions in Iraq soon.
Meanwhile, Sidakan Mayor Ihsan Chalabi pointed out that the Turkish troops penetrated deep into his district “by 15 kilometers and established some 12 barracks in the area.”
He noted that heavy weapons and jet fighters were used in the clashes between the Turkish troops and PKK fighters.