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Turkey withdraws from northern Iraq, PKK claims victory

China Daily | Updated: 2008-03-01 07:29

Turkey pulled its troops out of northern Iraq on Friday, ending a major offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels that some feared could spread conflict through the region.

A statement by Turkey's armed forces denied any foreign influence on the decision, which came a day after US President George W. Bush urged a swift end to offensive.

"There was no question of completely liquidating the terrorist organization, but Turkey has shown the organization that northern Iraq is not a safe haven for them," the General Staff said.

Turkey withdraws from northern Iraq, PKK claims victory

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