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UPDATE - France refuses to comment on Iraq crash of helicopter carrying PKK terrorists

UPDATE - France refuses to comment on Iraq crash of helicopter carrying PKK terrorists
Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government has said some of those on board Eurocopter AS350 chopper that crashed in Duhok were PKK terrorists


By Umit Donmez

PARIS (AA) – France’s Foreign Ministry on Friday refused to comment on the crash of a helicopter in northern Iraq that was carrying PKK terrorists.

The chopper, a Eurocopter AS350, crashed in Iraq’s Duhok region on Wednesday, and a day later Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) said some of those on board were members of the PKK terrorist organization.

The Eurocopter AS350 helicopter, also known as "Squirrel", was a light engine developed and produced by French companies.

In response to an Anadolu query about the incident, the French Foreign Ministry said: “We have no comment.”

The KRG earlier said it had contacted the Iraqi government, US-led international coalition forces and Türkiye regarding the crash in Duhok.

It said the helicopter did not belong to the PKK terrorist group, but a number of its members were on board the aircraft.

Initial findings indicated that it was a Eurocopter AS350 helicopter and some of the crash casualties happened to be PKK terrorists.

A detailed investigation is underway to ascertain who owned the helicopter.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

* Writing by Nur Asena Erturk in Ankara

source: News Feed
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