Friday, September 14, 2007


Turkey plans to build border $3.2 bn. security barrier on Iraq border

(KUNA) - Turkish Chief of General Staff General Yasar Buyukanit along with elite of experts are evaluating details of a project to erect a USD 3.2 billion concrete fence on its borders with Iraq to stop infiltration of Kurdish Workers Party's (PKK) rebels.
However, despite conflicting reports of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki's deal with Turkey in authorizing Turkish forces to pursue PKK rebels on Iraqi soils, a claim Al-Maliki has denied. Turkish News Agency (Anadolu) quoting military reports said preliminary examination of the borders area aims at building a concrete fence between Iraq and Turkey to stop infiltration operations.
Turkish sources said Buyukanit stressed during his last meeting with his staff on securing Turkish borders with Iraq. The Source also said the fence will be almost 473 kilometers long, divided into two parts, one is concrete and the second is an electronic monitoring one.

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