Turkey calls all its citizens to abandon Iraq; Iraqi Kurdistan excluded


A handout picture provided by Turkish Prime Minister Press office shows President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani (3-L) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (3-R) during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, 09 December 2015.

On December 9, Masoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) travelled in Ankara for key talks regarding the Turkish airstrikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Iraqi region.

All Turkish citizens who are currently in Iraq were advised to leave the country, according to a statement published by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

On December 9, the Ministry expanded its travel warning for Iraq citing security reasons. “The scope of our travel warning to Iraq has expanded to include all provinces except for Dohuk, Arbil and Sulaymaniyah (provinces located in Iraqi Kurdistan),” the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

The Foreign Ministry announced that t...

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