Bush Offers Turkish PM Intel on Kurds

Designed to avert war, offer satisfies Erdogan
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2007 8:12 PM CST
President Bush responds to reporters questions as he meets with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not pictured, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged in agreement from a  Washington meeting today, with Erdogan declaring, “I’m happy,”  after Bush offered him access to US intel to track Kurdish rebels operating out of Northern Iraq. Bush vowed to share "real time" information and keep US and Turkish militaries in contact. "The PKK is an enemy of Turkey, a free Iraq, and the United States of America," he said.

The offers were designed to dissuade Turkey from invading Northern Iraq, where members of the PKK have been mounting cross-border sorties to attack Turkish soldiers. "I've assured the prime minister that we're working very carefully and closely with the people in the Kurdish part of Iraq to help deal with the movement of these people, to help locate and find and stop the leadership of the PKK from continuing doing what they're doing," Bush said.