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Turkey Warns Iraq On Cross-Border PKK Threat

PKK fighters patrol along Iraqi side of Iraq-Turkey border (file photo) (AFP) June 29, 2007 -- Turkey's foreign minister has warned that Ankara will carry out "detailed" plans for a crossborder attack in northern Iraq to neutralize Kurdish rebels if U.S. or Iraqi forces don't do the job.

The "Radikal" newspaper today quoted Abdullah Gul as saying his government "knows these plans and agrees with them."

Washington, a NATO ally which like Ankara regards the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terrorist group, has urged Turkey not to enter northern Iraq.


Searching For A Way Forward

Searching For A Way Forward
A boy looks out from his Baghdad home (AFP)

LOOKING BEYOND AL-MALIKI: RFE/RL Iraq analyst Kathleen Ridolfo led an RFE/RL briefing about the changing political landscape in Iraq, focusing on efforts to gain the upper hand in the event that the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki falls.


Listen to the entire briefing (about 70 minutes):
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