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Akkoord Turkije en Irak over veiligheid Koerden

By Phil Bainbridge

March 15, 2024 - Turkey is expected to launch a military operation in northern Iraq in spring after a deal was agreed with Iraq to crack down on PKK Kurdish militants and make way for a major new trade route.

Turkish officials have said they will create a 30-40km security corridor in Iraqi Kurdistan around areas where tere are already over 40 Turkish military points. The cross-border campaign is likely to start once the snow melts in April or May

The Development Road is a 745-mile road and rail network linking the Persian Gulf with Europe, shortening the route from China by thousands of miles and allowing trade to bypass the Suez Canal, where maritime traffic is currently facing the threat of attacks by Yemen’s Houthis.

With a projected cost of around $17 billion, Turkey is the first major investor, with the construction of Grand Al-Faw Port near Basrah
likely to become the largest in the Middle East, but investment is also being sought from Gulf states. The route is expected to generate revenues of approximately $6bn each year.

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PUBLISHED: 15/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News
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