Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

Iran has voiced support for a potential Turkish operation against Kurdish militants just over its border in northern Iraq, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday.

The Turkish military has ramped up air strikes in northern Iraq targeting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in Qandil, close to the Iraq-Iran border, where high-ranking members of the militant group are thought to be located.

The government has also said Turkish troops have deployed roughly 30 km (nearly 20 miles) inside northern Iraq, not far from Qandil.

“Our offer to Iran was to carry out the operation together. Iran, in its remarks at least, has voiced very important support,” Canikli told a roundtable interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.

There was no immediate confirmation of his assertion from Tehran.

Canikli said Turkey was also in full agreement with Baghdad on a potential operation into Qandil, adding that Ankara was in talks with “all possible countries” on the matter.

Iraq, however, said it would not accept any Turkish operation against Qandil or other PKK strongholds.

“The Iraqi government will not accept any advance on its land by Turkish forces in pursuit of the PKK elements currently present in the Sinjar, Makhmour and Qandil mountains,” Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Iraqi News Agency.

He added that the Iraqi government would “absolutely not allow” any aggression from inside its land against Turkey or other states.

Canikli however said there were “serious attacks and infiltration” into Turkey from Qandil, and that Turkey would remain in northern Iraq until all terrorists groups were removed.

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“Our goal now is to be a lasting presence there until terror is completely removed, we will remain in northern Iraq,” he said.

With a large Kurdish population of its own, concentrated in the southeast, Ankara has long resisted Kurdish ambitions for independence in Iraq, Syria or Iran, fearing it could inflame separatism inside Turkey.

An offensive against the PKK in Qandil would mark Turkey’s third cross-border operation since 2016, with the first two targeting Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria.

Last week, Turkey and the United States also endorsed a roadmap for the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation linked to the PKK, from the northern Syrian city of Manbij.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told Pentagon reporters that Turkish and U.S. officials would meet in Germany this week to discuss the details of the roadmap, namely joint patrols inside Manbij to secure the region.

Canikli also said officials would discuss the Manbij roadmap during talks in Germany this week.

Source: Reuters

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why would iran be in support of this? they are against turkey moves in both syria and iraq,how many times we heard them say they have permission or cooperation from other countries they violated like iraq and syria

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Barzani calladito, la verdad en norte de Irak el clan Barzani apoya a Erdogan a costa de sus hermanos Kurdos…
Los Kurdos igual que Palestina buscan su propio nación donde puedan vivir en paz.

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Iranian regime shows its true face.
Khamenei = Muslim Brotherhood spy = traitor!

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Forgetting the Turkish dimension from this analysis of the current situation makes it incomplete and incredibly flawed. The Turks have aligned more closely with Qatar than UAE/KSA in recent years, and are much softer on the Brotherhood than those two (as well as Egypt, obviously). This blockade against Qatar is thus also seen as a vote of no confidence on Turkey’s policies and a major blow to any sort of “Sunni-unity” that Washington has been trying to whip up against Iran. You can’t just blockade Turkey’s closest Arab ally and expect everything to continue as normal in the region. In… Read more »

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Yup, but I can’t write a book on every post. Thus, remembering people that Khamenei is the Farsi translator for the infamous Sayeed Qutb helps understanding why Iran is on a brink of collapsing. Note that M-Brotherhood’s 1st “western” ally was Adolf. And Yeah, the Yanks are not saints but, any way, in geopolitics, you and I know that there are no good guys 😉 Nevertheless, there are some ‘actors’ who’d better read ‘the Frog and the Ox’, starting with Erdogan liking to tell others “know your place” but forgetting his… Now we’re all reaping the shït that was sown… Read more »

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SAVAK was the secret police, domestic security and intelligence service of Pahlavi dynasty. It was established by Iran’s Mohammad Reza Shah with the help of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the Israeli MOSSAD who over turned a democratically elected goverment by the people of Iran. I would not describe either the act or the result as a “Boston Tea Party”!

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Forgetting the Turkish dimension from this analysis of the current situation makes it incomplete and incredibly flawed. The Turks have aligned more closely with Qatar than UAE/KSA in recent years, and are much softer on the Brotherhood than those two (as well as Egypt, obviously). This blockade against Qatar is thus also seen as a vote of no confidence on Turkey’s policies and a major blow to any sort of “Sunni-unity” that Washington has been trying to whip up against Iran. You can’t just blockade Turkey’s closest Arab ally and expect everything to continue as normal in the region. In… Read more »

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Turkey… OK Iran… OK And what about Saudi Arabia the biggest Islamofascist – IslamoDictatorship parasite state ? You don’t say s**t about them. Saudi Arabia is a bigger threat than Turkey, because he has support from all the world powers and has also many moneys, and also Saudi Arabia is the first backer of all jihadists in the world but you say nothing about them, because the fact is that you are also a Jihadist supporter = Saudi supporter. You should rename your fake username by Daeshbags Sux = DaeshSucker = Mohamerde Slave You are an hypocrite as all leftists… Read more »

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Saudis are the same slime as Erdolf and Khamenei. It’s just pointless talking about the al-Saoud snakes as the article is not about this scum… Well, as Louis XVI has put beheading with the guillotine as the mean of capital “punishment” and ended trying the machine, I’d consider it justice when some al-Saouds give a try to their own sabre at chop-chop square. I’d be pleased seeing them tasting their own medicine. Thus, they have a big advantage on fanatics like Erdolf or Khamenei : they’re absolutely totally corrupted and corruptible and actually, they’re not believing all this shït… actually,… Read more »