Turkey flies commandos into Iraq in cross-border raid against Kurdish PKK

Iraqi officials denounce incursion after days of heavy air strikes that were condemned by Arab states

This handout picture released on June 15, 2020 by the Turkish Ministry of Defense press office shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (R) and army commanders wearing face masks as a protection against the coronavirus, following the Operation Claw-Eagle in northern Iraq at Air Force Command Control Center in Ankara.  Turkey's jets have carried out new cross-border air strikes against outlawed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on June 14.  - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Turkish Ministry of Defense Press Office / Arif AKDOGAN " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Iraqi officials have protested against the attack on its sovereignty and the safety of its citizens after Turkey flew special forces into the Iraqi Kurdish regional governorate for a ground operation against militants.

The operation in Iraq’s Haftanin region, about 15 kilometres from the border, was launched after intense artillery fire into the area, the Turkish Defence Ministry said.

While the Iraqi government is yet to make an official statement, officials in Baghdad, including the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, condemned Turkey’s action on Wednesday.

“The continued Turkish attacks and shelling on Iraqi territory is a violation of national sovereignty and a blatant threat to the security of civi