Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli: Turkey will remain in Iraq

Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Turkey had strengthened its military bases in northern Iraq and that they would stay in the area until the PKK stops being a threat to Turkey.

Canikli said Turkey would remain in northern Iraq until all terrorist groups were removed, amid increasing government warnings of a military operation against Kurdish militants based in the Qandil mountains. Canikli made the comment at a roundtable interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency, where he also said Turkey had offered to carry out a potential operation into Qandil with Iran, who has voiced support for the offensive.

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