Erdogan: We must improve cooperation with Iraq to combat terrorism

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On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the need to improve cooperation with Iraq in the fight against terrorism.

The Turkish Presidency’s Communication Department said in a statement that Erdogan discussed with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi by phone bilateral relations and regional issues.

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Erdogan expressed his satisfaction with the positive course of Turkish-Iraqi relations in the commercial, military, and intelligence fields, according to the statement.

He stressed the need to increase cooperation between the two countries in the field of combating terrorism.

He pointed out that the PKK terrorist organization continues to spread in its stronghold in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq, in addition to the Makhmour and Sinjar regions, which are under the control of the federal government forces.

He stressed that his country’s forces, similar to their previous operations in northern Iraq, only targeted members of the terrorist organization and its extensions and sites in the region during its recent operation.

Erdogan stressed that the site that Turkish forces targeted in the region was to house terrorists, and not a hospital or health center, as the terrorist organization claimed.

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He explained that the organization resorted to such lies whenever the cordon against it intensified.

And on Thursday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the neutralization of 10 members of the “PKK” terrorist organization in the Sinjar region, northern Iraq.

The ministry said on its Twitter account: “A new painful blow against the PKK organization, where 10 terrorists were neutralized by airstrikes in the Sinjar region in northern Iraq.”