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Turkey says Iraq's Makhmour camp must be cleared of Kurdish militants

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece, May 31, 2021. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that northern Iraq's Makhmour camp, where Turkish air strikes killed at least three people at the weekend, must be cleared of Kurdish militants.

President Tayyip Erdogan has said that Makhmour, a camp 180 km south of the Turkish border which has hosted thousands of Turkish refugees for more than two decades, was an "incubator" for militants and must be tackled. On Sunday, Erdogan said the strikes on Makhmour had killed a senior Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) official. read more

Speaking at an interview with state broadcaster TRT Haber, Cavusoglu said clearing the region of militants was the Iraqi government's responsibility, but that Turkey would do it alone if it has to, adding Ankara was in talks with Iraqi officials over the matter.

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