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Turkish commandos seize airport in northern Iraq.

  1. sumayo

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    DEBKAfile?s military sources learn from Turkish and Kurdish informants that helicopters under US, British and Turkish warplane escort flew Turkish commandos to an operation for seizing the critical Bamerni airport in northern Iraq. This airport, just outside the Kurdish region, lies 50 miles north of the big Iraqi oil cities of the north, Kirkuk and Mosul. With the Turkish commandos was a group of US special forces officers and men. Bamerni airport was captured after a brief battle in which a unit of Iraqi armored defenders was destroyed, opening the airport for giant American and Turkish transports to deliver engineering units, heavy machinery and electronic support equipment, which were put to work at once on enlarging the field and widening its landing strips.
    The American unit, reinforced, went on to capture two small Iraqi military airfields nearby.
    The Turkish expeditionary force in northern Iraq now numbers some 5,000 men, in addition to Turkish air force contingents.

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