Turkish troops withdraw from northern Iraq

Turkey's major land offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels in northern Iraq has ended, the private broadcaster NTV said on Friday.

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Baghdad: All Turkish troops involved in an offensive against Kurdish rebels inside northern Iraq have withdrawn back into Turkey, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Friday.

He said, "All the Turkish troops have withdrawn and gone back to the Turkish side of the international border. We welcome this, we think this is the right thing for Turkey to do."

A senior Turkish military source said some troops had returned to bases in Turkey after completing their mission against Kurdish PKK rebels, but that no full withdrawal had begun.