Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan attacked

Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan attacked
A Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan came under attack Tuesday, a witness and the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said, without claiming responsibility.

Intense fighting lasted some two hours around the base at Guerbya, near the city of Zakho close to the Turkish border, the witness told AFP.

There was no immediate word from the Turkish authorities.

It was the first reported attack on a Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan and came as Turkish troops were in the fourth week of a deadly incursion in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

Guerbya is one of 18 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan that Turkey has maintained since the 1990s despite repeated calls by the region's parliament for them to be removed.

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