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Unrest in Turkey disrupts vital KRG border

The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing, the Kurdistan region’s busiest, has been periodically closed by Turkey as it targets PKK fighters and supporters.
A man waves a Kurdistan flag as a Turkish military truck escorts a convoy of Peshmerga vehicles at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing, also called the Habur border gate, on Oct. 29, 2014. (KADIR BARIS/Reuters)

ERBIL - The main economic artery between the Kurdistan region and international markets has been severely disrupted this month, as Turkey’s customs authorities have repeatedly closed the Ibrahim Khalil border over security concerns.

As the fight between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has escalated - including airstrikes in northern Iraq's mountains and targeted killing of police by the PKK - Turkey has besieged areas suspected of supporting the PKK near the border crossing and, by extension, intermittently shut off access through the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing.

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