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Iraq Warns of Action If Turkey Doesn’t Stop Military Overflights

July 17, 2012

Iraq called on Turkey to stop violations of its airspace by military planes and warned that it reserves the right to take action to halt the flights.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry plans to submit a complaint to the United Nations Security Council, according to an e-mailed statement from government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh. The statement didn’t give details on the flights.

The Turkish air force killed 25 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in June 24 air strikes against northern Iraq, the Turkish army said in a statement on its website.

The PKK, which is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union, has its main bases in northern Iraq. The group has been fighting for autonomy in largely Kurdish southeast Turkey for almost three decades in a conflict that has left some 40,000 people dead.

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