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ANKARA, Turkey Apr 12, 2007 (AP)— Turkey's army chief said Thursday the military had launched several "large scale" offensives against separatist Kurdish rebels in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern region
MILITARY CHIEF ASKS FOR GO-AHEAD FOR STRIKES IN NORTHERN IRAQ
Ankara, 12 April (AKI) - Turkey's army chief on Thursday called on the country's government to approve military strikes against Kurdish separatists based in northern Iraq. General Yasar Buyukanit also said that the military had launched several "large scale" offensives against rebels in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast. The powerful military chief's remarks follow Ankara's renewed demand on Monday for US and Iraqi officials to crack down on militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Turkish army pushes for military operation into Iraq
ANKARA - Turkey's army chief pushed for a military incursion into northern Iraq on Thursday to crack down on Turkish Kurd rebels he said had sought refuge there.
"If you ask me whether a cross-border operation is needed, yes it is needed. It would be useful," chief of general staff, General Yasar Buyukanit, told a rare press conference.