About 200,000 Turkish troops near Iraq border

Turkey's army has boosted troop levels in the southeast to more than 200,000, most of them stationed along the border with Iraq. The unusually large-scale buildup, which includes tanks, heavy artillery and aircraft, is part of a crackdown on Kurdish rebels hiding in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, security sources said Friday.


Turkey has refused to rule out a possible cross-border operation to crush Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels, despite opposition from the United States and Iraq. The military General Staff in Ankara was not immediately available for comment on the troop numbers. (Reuters)


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