Abdul Hamid Zebari
June 24, 2010
Turkish forces pushed into northern Iraq yesterday, killing four people, including a 15-year-old girl as they attacked the hideouts of Kurdish rebels who killed 12 soldiers in the deadliest spell of violence in two years.
The ground incursion into Iraq came after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “to the end.”
PKK spokesman Ahmed Denis responded with a threat to attack cities across Turkey if the army did not halt its policy of confrontation.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, criticized the “unilateral” Turkish action and called on the Erdogan government to return to peaceful efforts to woo Turkey’s large Kurdish minority away from violence.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm