Turkey threatens Iraq intervention —again

Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, head of Turkey’s army, has advocated a military operation into Northern Iraq, in an effort to tackle the “freedom of movement” which the region affords the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). A US State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, has criticised the statement, claiming that a cross-border operation is “not an appealing option” for Iraqi stability. There are already several large-scale operations being conducted in Turkey against the PKK, although the army is yet to submit this most recent proposal to the Turkish parliament for approval. [AlJazeera, April 13]

From Madrid11.net Security Briefs, April 13

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