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    A member of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) told Sputnik that Ankara may launch an operation against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, adding that the armed forces are conducting "necessary preparatory work."

    ISTANBUL (Sputnik) — Turkey could, if necessary, carry out a ground operation against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, Murat Baybatur, a lawmaker from the AKP party, told Sputnik Wednesday.

    "Just as we have conducted a ground operation on the territory right up to the Al Bab [city] in order to clear the northern part of Syria from the IS [Daesh terrorist group, banned in Russia] and the PKK, if needed, our armed forces could also carry out a ground operation in the area of [Iraqi] Sinjar [town]," Baybatur said.

    He added that the Turkish Armed forces were conducting "necessary preparatory work."

    Tensions between Turkey and Kurds escalated in July 2015 when a ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK collapsed because of a series of terror attacks allegedly committed by PKK members. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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    Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Justice and Development Party (AKP), Iraq, Turkey
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