Monday, July 9, 2007

Rice obtains no guarantee from Turkey as 140,000 troops on plan to invade Iraq
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Foreign minister says Turkey has 140000 troops on border with Iraq
International Herald Tribune, France - 2 hours ago
AP BAGHDAD: Turkey has massed 140000 soldiers on its border with northern Iraq but so far there has been no violations, Iraq's foreign minister said Monday. ...

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice phoned her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gül to prevent a possible Turkish military intervention into northern Iraq to hit the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) but received no firm assurance, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

"We don't seek permission from anyone, Turkey makes decisions and executes them on its own," Gül told reporters yesterday of his phone conversation with Rice on Friday. "We just remind the US that terrorist organizations in northern Iraq must be fought. The rest is up to us. This is what we told her."

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Turkish govt., military agree on plan to invade Iraq

ANKARA ( - Turkey's government and military have agreed on detailed plans for a cross-border operation against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, the foreign minister said Friday.

Abdullah Gul urged the United States and Iraq, which oppose a Turkish military move into Iraq, to crack down on rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. But he said Turkey was ready to stage an offensive if necessary.

"We have decided how to act, everything is clear," Gul told private NTV television. "We know what to do and when to do it," he said without providing details.

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