Turkey targets Iraq's Sinjar region after Afrin operation

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Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Turkey will not act against Russia in the war of expelling dozens of Russian diplomats across Europe and in the US.

Sinjar province is home to the Yazidi community, which is set to face more violence if Turkey begins its operation.

Ankara hit back at the "unacceptable comments" and said the European Union had lost its objectivity on Cyprus, which is divided between the Greek-majority internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus and the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

Turkish and Syrian rebel forces overtook the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin on March 18 where they declared full control following a almost two-month long offensive against the People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkey sees the YPG as terrorists and an extension of the outlawed PKK.

"Iraqi security forces have been instructed not to allow the presence of foreign fighters in the border region", Abadi's office quoted him as telling Yildirim in their conversation.

"They (Turkish troops) are 10 kilometers into Kurdistan region territory in the Amadiya region".

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In addition, the command stressed that the Federal government "has not informed the Defense Ministry of any Turkish military operations in Sinjar".

Erdogan also said Turkey's would do "what is necessary" if the Iraqi operation in Sinjar failed.

Sources in Sinjar said there was no unusual military activity in the area on Sunday.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the PKK has its main base in Mt. Qandil region near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when peace talks between the PKK and Turkey collapsed.

Turkey first gained European Union candidate status in 2005 but has failed to make any significant progress over the last 13 years as Erdogan has lurched towards an authoritarian style of governing and worsening relations with the West.

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