Turkish ground forces enter Iraq in pursuit of PKK militants
Turkish special forces during clashes with Kurdish groups central Diyarbakir southeast Turkey June 9 2015 (AFP/File)
Two units of Turkish special forces have crossed into northern Iraq in "hot pursuit" of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants after a deadly attack on the army.
“Turkish security forces crossed the Iraqi border as part of the hot pursuit of PKK terrorists who were involved in the most recent attacks," a Turkish government source said on Tuesday.
"This is a short-term measure intended to prevent the terrorists' escape," the source added.
Turkey’s Dogan news agency quoted unnamed military sources as saying that two battalions from Turkey's special forces crossed the border.