Urging diplomacy, Iraq today pledged to help Turkey resolve border violence by Kurdish militants based in northern Iraq. Turkey kept the diplomatic wheels turning but wouldn't rule out military action to quell the PKK and rejected its offer of a ceasefire. Iraq’s foreign minister vowed to “actively help Turkey overcome this menace” by limiting militant movement and finances, the Times reports.
Turkey is under heavy pressure from the US to not upset one of the most stable areas of Iraq, but public outcry has escalated since a Sunday attack in which the PKK killed 12 Turkish soldiers and reportedly kidnapped eight. Turkey was shelling Iraq’s border yesterday as its PM flew to London for scheduled talks with Gordon Brown.