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Protests against Turkey in Iraq's northern Kurdish region have turned violent, with three police officers wounded

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IRBIL, Iraq — Protests against Turkey in Iraq's northern Kurdish region have turned violent, with three police officers wounded.

Hundreds of protesters gathered Sunday outside the United Nations compound in the northern city of Irbil calling for an end to Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish militants. Local media reported that three police were wounded.

Turkey began launching airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in July 2015 as part of the U.S.-led coalition's fight against the Islamic State group. In Syria it has targeted the IS group, while in Iraq it has taken aim at the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.


This story has been corrected to show that Turkey is striking the IS group in Syria and Kurdish militants in Iraq.

PHOTO: Protesters gather outside the United Nations compound in Irbil, Iraq, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Protestors supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) joined outside the UN compound in Irbil to demonstrate against the Turkish government and the international community.  The protestors said they want the international community to stand up against Turkey and its fight against the Kurdish population in Turkey and Northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Alice Martins)
Protesters gather outside the United Nations compound in Irbil, Iraq, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Protestors supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) joined outside the UN compound in Irbil to demonstrate against the Turkish government and the international community. The protestors said they want the international community to stand up against Turkey and its fight against the Kurdish population in Turkey and Northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Alice Martins)

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PHOTO: Kurdish protesters gather outside the United Nations compound in Irbil, Iraq, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Protestors supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) joined outside the UN compound in Irbil to demonstrate against the Turkish government and the international community.  The protestors said they want the international community to stand up against Turkey and its fight against the Kurdish population in Turkey and Northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Alice Martins)
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