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Turkish Troops Enter Iraq After Deadliest PKK Strikes Since ’90s

Thousands of Turkish troops crossed into Iraq to hunt fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which is staging its deadliest strikes since the 1990s.

Twenty-two battalions in five areas on both sides of the border are engaged in the fight against the Kurdish group, backed by aerial bombing and artillery attacks, the army said on its website today. Turkey is in the first stages of the operation and is seeking assistance from Iraq, in whose northern mountains the PKK has its main base, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Ankara today.