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Part 3 The Post 9/11-Era (2001–), 52 The Turkish Intervention Against the PKK in Northern Iraq—2007–08

Kimberley N Trapp

From: The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach

Edited By: Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, Alexandra Hofer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 June 2024

Individuals and non-state actors — Precedent — Armed conflict — Armed attack

This contribution examines the armed Turkish intervention (against the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK)) in northern Iraq in late 2007/2008. The chapter sets out the context of the armed intervention by Turkey, including a brief account of the broader conflict between Turkey and the PKK, before recalling in some detail the facts of the 2007/2008 intervention. The second section further explores the positions of the main protagonists (Turkey, Iraq and the US) and the rather muted reactions of the broader international community, by way of situating the discussion regarding the legality of the intervention. The final section examines the precedential value of the intervention insofar as defensive force against non-state actors is concerned.

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