Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Iraq for the first time Thursday, offering help with Iraq's reconstruction, while Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki offered support against Kurdish rebels on their common border.
The Turkish Kurd rebel group PKK confirmed Thursday that they were holding three German climbers hostage, that they were in good health, and that they would be released if Germany gives up its "hostile policies" against the group.
President George Bush added to the list of sanctioned entities the Turkish PKK rebels, an Italian mafia organisation and other drug and crime-related groups, to block them from using the US financial system in any way.
Turkey says it launched an air offensive against Kurdish separatist rebels into northern Iraq in retaliation for Saturday's attack against a Turkish military base. The number of casualties is not known.
Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) locations in northern Iraq on Friday, in the latest in a series of cross-border raids. The PKK claims Turkey is planning a new ground offensive into the region.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey and Iraq should not allow Kurdish separatists to "poison" bilateral ties and urged Baghdad to help purge the rebels from northern Iraq.
The US are raising concern about the Turkish offensive against Kurdish rebels in Iraq, fearing it could disrupt regional stability. But Turkey has so far refused to commit to a timetable. (Report: O.Fairclough)