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Iran denies any joint operation with Turkey against PKK, refuting Soylu’s claim

An Iranian Armed Forces official has denied the claim that they took part in an operation against the outlawed  Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

This was on Monday and the report was carried by the Fars news agency, close to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

Suleyman Soylu, Turkey’s Interior Minister, was quoted by state-owned news agency Anadolu saying: “This morning, we started carrying out an operation with Iran against PKK on our eastern border. We will announce the results later.”

A few hours later, an Iranian official denied Turkey’s claim stating the Turkish army had carried out the operation against PKK, however, the Iranian armed forces had not taken any role in the operation.

Turkey often carries out air strikes against PKK bases in neighboring Iraq, besides the operations against PKK members inside the country, as part of its decades-long struggle.

Iran has also been fighting with the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), a PKK affiliate.

PKK has waged an insurgency against Turkey, seeking initially independence and lately autonomy for the Kurdish minority in the country since 1984, leaving behind more than 40,000 casualties.

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