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Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of Turkish troops deployed on the border with Iraq. (149627)

We have no confirmed reports of the exact number of Turkish troops deployed along the Turkish border with northern Iraq. We are aware of counter-terrorist operations by the Turkish security forces close to Turkey’s border with northern Iraq. A series of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) attacks have targeted military and civilian targets in Turkey recently, causing a significant number of fatalities. We utterly condemn the attacks carried out by the PKK, as we do all acts of terrorism. The PKK, its aliases and its subgroups have been proscribed in the UK and listed as terrorist organisations in the EU.