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Turkey: Military Operations Hold Up ITP Repairs

The ITP’s Sirnak-Idil section passes close to the center of the town of Idil, the scene of heavy ongoing fighting between Turkish troops and the TAK. Though it remains unclear if the PKK or an affiliate such as the TAK struck the pipeline deliberately, they did intentionally prevent government access to the pipeline with elaborate minefields, necessitating a large-scale military operation to clear Idil. Ankara is concerned that such pipeline incidents are part of a wider Kurdish strategy to stretch Turkish security assets thin. To that end, there is currently no guarantee that another pipeline attack can be prevented, or fixed in a short period of time.

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