Turkish and Iraqi troops some holding their national flags participate in a ceremony at the Habur/Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Iraq, near Silopi, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
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Iraq's Kurdish region said Thursday that it had offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic crossing into Turkey with the participation of U.S.-led international forces, as part of a compromise aimed at ending a standoff with Baghdad. The offer was disclosed hours after the Iraqi armed forces threatened to resume military operations against the Kurds, accusing them of delaying the handover of control of borders and taking advantage of negotiations to bolster their defenses.Iraqi troops set up positions Tuesday at the Turkish border for the first time, between Turkish and Kurdish checkpoints at Habur, the Turkish name for the road border crossing located 10 kilometers from Fish-Khabur in Iraq.Turkish security forces killed 19 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the province of Hakkari that borders Iraq, the Turkish armed forces said Thursday, after eight members of Turkey's security forces were killed in clashes.The Kurdish militants were intercepted crossing the border into Turkey, the Turkish military said.
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