Turkish defense chief’s Iraqi visit: What to expect? 

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Fri, 2021-01-22 20:03

ANKARA: Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s recent visit to Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan has sparked speculation about an imminent joint military operation between Ankara, Baghdad and Irbil inside Iraqi territory against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 

On Friday, Turkey’s President Erdogan hinted at the looming operation against PKK in Iraq’s Sinjar, saying, “We can come suddenly one night,” using the same sentence he used during previous Syria offensives. 

Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, center, at Army Command Control Center in Ankara during the military operation dubbed Claw-Tiger against PKK elements in Iraqi Kurdistan, June 17, 2020. (AFP)
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