March 1st, 2009 in Breaking News, Troop Movement

Turkish Army sends tank-armed troops to border with Iraq

كونا : Turkish Army sends tank-armed troops to border with Iraq - 28/02/2009.

ISTANBUL, Feb 28 (KUNA) — The Turkish Army has beefed up troop concentrations along the border with neighboring Iraq in a move seen as a prelude to launching a new round of attacks on Kurdish separatists’ hideouts, the daily Hurriyet said in its Saturday edition.

The newspaper quoted military sources as saying that convoys of tanks were roaring in the direction of the border regions from the region of Shirnak, southeastern Turkey Observers said the military buildup on the border would be followed with the launch of a series of attacks on bases of the activists of the Workers Party of Kurdistan, better known as the PKK.
They based their anticipation on the fact that the Turkish Army, over the past years, launched wide-scale military offensives against the Kurd s after the onset of the spring season, when snow blanketing large areas of the mountainous regions start melting.