Turkey delivers military equipment to border with Iraq
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 26 / Trend A. Taghiyeva /
Turkey has begun delivering military equipment to the border with Iraq today, the newspaper Yeni Safak reported with reference to the Turkish General Staff.
According to the General Staff, Turkey will conduct the operation against militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party, which will be called "Fall cleaning".
Earlier, head of the Iraqi parliamentary security committee Iskander Witwit said that any Turkish military aircraft that will penetrate into Iraq with the aim of the operation will be shot down.
Previously, it was also reported that the Turkish government has appealed to the parliament to extend the mandate for cross-border operations against the groups of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The period of the previous mandate expires on October 17. The new mandate is expected to be granted for one year. The mandate for cross-border operations covers the territory of northern Iraq.
The Turkish parliament for the first time entitled the army to strike at PKK terrorist bases in the neighboring country in 2007. The tension connected with frequent attacks of PKK militants strengthened in Turkey.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has lasted for over 25 years. The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by both the UN and the EU.