Turkey closes airspace to N.Iraq flights: NTV

Türkiye Materials 1 November 2007 12:59 (UTC +04:00)

( Reuters ) - Turkey has closed its airspace to flights to and from northern Iraq, NTV television said on Thursday, as part of economic sanctions targeting groups supporting Kurdish militants operating in northern Iraq.

NTV gave no source for its report and it was not immediately clear whether the reported ban would affect U.S. military planes operating between NATO member Turkey and Iraq.

Ankara is furious with the autonomous Kurdish administration of northern Iraq for failing to crack down on PKK militants who are battling Turkish troops near the Turkish-Iraqi border.