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Papua Nieuw Guinea is wederom getroffen door een serie aardbevingen, sommige bereiken al een kracht van boven de 7

Papua New Guinea rocked by powerful 6.8 earthquake amid Ring of Fire fears

Papua New Guinea rocked by powerful 6.8 earthquake amid Ring of Fire fears

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea, according to disaster officials, putting the Ring of Fire on high alert.  The devastating quake hit at around 3:40am local time at a depth of six miles (10km), the US Geographical Survey (USGS) said. Officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that, based on the current evidence, there is no tsunami threat to nearby islands. A spokesman said: “A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

No serious injuries were immediately reported following the incident this morning. At least 55 people died in a separate earthquake in Papua New Guinea last week, although authorities fear the toll could exceed 100. The 7.5 magnitude disaster, which took place last Monday, destroyed homes, triggered landslides and halted work at four oil and gas fields. READ MORE

Turkish FM Cavusoglu: Ankara considers joint op with Baghdad against Iraqi Kurds

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Turkish FM Cavusoglu: Ankara considers joint op with Baghdad against Iraqi Kurds

Vehicles of Kurdish Peshmarga Forces

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Vehicles of Kurdish Peshmarga Forces are seen near Altun Kupri between Kirkuk and Erbil, Iraq

Ankara and Baghdad may carry out a joint military operation against Iraqi Kurds after the May election in Iraq, the Turkish foreign minister said.

Speaking to CNN Turk, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said that Ankara’s own operation against Syrian Kurdish militias in the Afrin region would be completed by May.

Kurdish militias in Iraq and Syria were allied with the US-led coalition, which rallied them for operations targeting the jihadist forces of the terrorist group, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). In Syria, the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, which are dominated by Kurdish YPG militias, were the primary ground force in the siege of the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

Ankara considers those militias an extension of its domestic Kurdish militant organization, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is deemed to be a terrorist group by the Turkish government. Kurds in Syria and Iraq have been attacked by Turkish forces on several occasions in recent years, including the ongoing cross-border operation in Afrin.

The autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan has proved troublesome for Baghdad. Last year, the Iraqi government used a combination of military force and political maneuvering to undermine the results of an independence referendum, in which the region voted for secession from the rest of Iraq.

Comment: Speaking to reporters on his flight from Germany to Austria, Çavuşoğlu said the joint cross-border operation with Iraq may start after Iraq holds parliamentary elections scheduled for May 2018, signaling Turkish troops may move to northern Iraq following the ongoing operation.

“Even if the Afrin operation has not yet been completed, we have the capacity to carry out both operations simultaneously,” Çavuşoğlu said.

The minister’s statement came after the Turkish General Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar met with his Iraqi counterpart Gen. Othman al-Ghanimi in Baghdad on March 1.

After Akar was received by Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan al-Hiyali at the Defense Ministry building in Baghdad, the three reportedly discussed regional security and means of enhancing bilateral military relations.

Turkey and Iraq have been facing the same risks and threats that generated from the latest regional situations,” said Akar.

“We would like to boost our relations and collaborate over the war against terrorism and border security,” he added.

“This visit will be beneficial for the people on both sides,” Ghanimi said.

See also: US Wants Control over Iraqi-Syrian Borders