Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has warned the Turkish government that any move into his territory will be considered a declaration of war. The warning came yesterday as Turkish troops attacked separatist PKK guerrillas inside Turkey, killing 20, reports the London Times. Turkish officials have charged that the largely autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq is harboring the militants.
Barzani accused Ankara of using its grievances with the PKK as an excuse to challenge the growing prosperity and independence of Iraqi Kurds. “If they invade or if there is any incursion, it means war,” said Barzani. "If they take a peaceful approach, then we are ready to help as much as we can." Turkey is making preparations to invade Iraq to attack militants hiding there, despite protests from Iraq and the US.