June 19, 2018 / 8:58 AM / 9 months ago

Turkish soldiers advancing on Iraq's Qandil with 'determined steps': minister

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gestures during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish troops are advancing with “determined steps” towards the northern Iraqi region of Qandil where Kurdish PKK militants are based, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

Cavusoglu told broadcaster NTV that the timing of the operation against Qandil, which Turkish jets have targeted several times in recent weeks, was not linked to Sunday’s elections.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by David Dolan

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