Top American Commander In Iraq Visits Turkey

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–The top American commander in Iraq, Gen. Lloyd Austin, has arrived in Turkey to hold security talks with Turkish officials.

The Interior Ministry says Austin on Tuesday will meet Turkish generals and Interior Minister Beşir Atalay who recently traveled to northern Iraq to urge the Iraqi Kurdish administration to cooperate with Turkey against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

The Turkish parliament is to vote shortly on extending for another year a mandate authorizing the military to carry out cross-border operations against terrorist bases in northern Iraq. The current authority expires Oct. 17.

Turkey has long demanded that Iraq capture and hand over terrorists who attack in Turkey’s southeast.

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