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Turkish Bombs Cause Forest Fires in North Iraq
TV Station Quotes Official: "More Than 500,000 Square Meters of Forest" Burnt
06/15/2009 6:00 PM ET
Al-Sumaria

BAGHDAD – On Monday, the Al-Sumaria satellite television channel reported that air raids carried out by Turkish forces against PKK targets have caused major fires in some mountainous regions of northern Iraq.

According to al-Sumaria, “Planning Director in General Directorate for Gardening and Forests in the Ministry of Agriculture in Kurdistan region Najat Soufi Harriri said that the land and air raids carried out by Turkish forces against North of Iraq burnt more than 500,000 square meters of forests north of Iraq.”

The Ministry of Agriculture “has formed emergency groups that include groups of fire fighters and forests and borders guards in order to extinguish the fires that erupt in the forests.”

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