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Iraqi Kurdish leader to meet with Turks

Oct. 31, 2011 at 3:34 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani will visit Turkey to discuss cooperation in dealing with the Kurdistan Workers Party guerilla movement, officials said.

Barzani is to meet Saturday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Today's Zaman said the talks are expected to focus on cooperation between Turkey and Iraqi Kurds against the militant party, known as the PKK, that uses Kurdish-run northern Iraq as its base for attacks on Turkey.

Twenty-four Turkish soldiers were killed Oct. 19 in a series of attacks near the border with Iraq.

Officials in the Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP, have expressed solidarity with Turkey,Today's Zaman said.

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