The Turkish military said at least 24 Kurdish rebels and five of its soldiers were killed in its ground offensive in northern Iraq, which has sparked international calls for restraint.
The Turkish military said its cross-border ground offensive in northern
In a statement posted on its Web site Friday, the Turkish army said it believed “the terrorists have suffered heavy losses under long-range weapons fire and air strikes.”
The declaration came as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "concerned" by the situation in the region and called for restraint.
A similar warning came from the
The Turkish military said it had the latest cross-border ground offensive into
In an interview with the Arabic al Arabiya TV station, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said the Turkish military was targeting bridges in northern
Web message announcing offensive
The Turkish General Staff posted a message on its Web site saying its troops had crossed the border at 7pm local time Thursday, after a preparatory artillery bombardment. "The Turkish Armed Forces, which attaches great importance to
“The message emphasizes that the troops will be withdrawn when the operation is finished, and that the operation is not an attack on Iraqi sovereignty,” said Jasper
Turkish television station NTV reported that 10,000 troops had entered Iraqi territory.
Mortimer said the timing of the offensive – in February when temperatures are still very low in the border region – suggests that the Turkish military does not intend to leave their troops inside
In Kurdish northern
"There are severe clashes. Two Turkish soldiers have been killed and eight wounded. There are no PKK casualties," the PKK spokesperson said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki assured his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone call Thursday night that the Iraqi government considers the PKK a common threat but urged
US: 'not the greatest news'
Amid fears that the latest offensive could further jeopardize security in
“What’s critical in the region is to have approval from the Americans," said Jean-Bernard Cadier,
11th incursion in recent months
The operation is the 11th incursion by Turkish troops into northern
The PKK rebels are based in Iraqi Kurdistan, which is controlled by the regional Iraqi Kurdish government.
Previous Turkish incursions have lasted a few hours and involved relatively small numbers of troops. “Back in December there was a lot of noise about an incursion that involved just 300 troops,” notes
Date created : 2008-02-23