Turkey could carry out ground operations against PKK in Iraq - foreign minister

October 25, 2016 5:28 AM EDT

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks to the media during a visit to northern Cyprus, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will take more effective measures against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, potentially including ground operations there, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

In an interview with the Kanal 24 television channel, Cavusoglu said it was unacceptable for the PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, to use various towns in Iraq as a base.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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