Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

Turkey started a ground offensive and bombing campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq last May. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 October 2019

Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

ISTANBUL: Turkish air strikes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, Ankara’s defense ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry said on Twitter that “nine terrorists were neutralized” in air strikes in the Hakurk and Hafta regions.
There were earlier strikes, announced late Monday, in the northern Iraqi region of Gara, where “three terrorists were neutralized.”
The strikes were part of regular raids against Kurdish militants in Iraq and unrelated to planned operations against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
Turkey started a ground offensive and bombing campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq last May.
The PKK, which has been fighting an insurgency in Turkey since 1984, has rear bases in northern Iraq. It is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Ankara and its Western allies.
Turkey says it will soon launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces, which are tied to the PKK.
The defense ministry said Tuesday that preparations were complete for an operation after Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the border region.


UAE eases return of stranded residents amid coronavirus pandemic

Updated 8 min 42 sec ago

UAE eases return of stranded residents amid coronavirus pandemic

  • Returning residents will automatically be granted pre-approval but will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result

DUBAI: The UAE has removed the entry permit requirement for residents who were stuck abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic, as part of the country’s push to allow their safe return.

The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced the new rules on Twitter on Tuesday.

Under the new policy, returning residents will automatically be granted pre-approval but will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a screening done not more than 96 hours before arriving in the UAE.

Local authorities will conduct the necessary health measures on the returnees – including further laboratory exams and quarantine guidelines.

The move comes as schools and different business activities gradually resume operations after the months-long standstill caused by the outbreak.