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Turkish Military Tells of Incursion Into Iraq


Published: February 23, 2008

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s military said Friday that it had sent troops into northern Iraq on Thursday night, in a limited operation to weaken Kurdish militants there.

The Turkish military announced the operation on its Web site on Friday, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan later played down the mission, describing it as “limited” in size and emphasizing that the soldiers would return to Turkey “in the shortest possible time.”

Reports of the numbers of troops varied. According to Reuters, Turkey’s foreign minister and an unnamed American official in Baghdad said that that only a few hundred had been deployed, while Turkish television reported that the number was around 10,000.