IRAQ DECIDES TO DEPLOY FEDERAL TROOPS ALONG BORDER WITH TURKEY

BAGHDAD, The Iraqi government, decided on Sunday, to deploy federal guards, along the border between Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and Turkey.

The decision was made, during a government security meeting, chaired by outgoing Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, according to a statement by Abadi's office.

The deployment, by the Ministerial Council for National Security, aims to "protect the border areas and prevent any violations," the statement said.

The ministerial council also instructed the foreign ministry, to submit a document on the Turkish violations of Iraqi airspace to the United Nations, it noted.

The statement did not say, if there was any coordination between the ministerial council and the Kurdish regional authorities, about sending federal troops to the borderline.

Turkish forces, frequently carry out ground operations, air strikes and artillery bombardment, against the positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, in northern Iraq, especially the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the PKK.

Source: NAM News Network