Pressure Mounts on Turkish PM to Invade Iraq

US opposes move to stop Kurdish attacks from across border
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2007 7:55 AM CDT
A Turkish army tank is seen stationed near Cizre, some 35 kilometers from Turkish-Iraq border on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, a day after Kurdish rebels killed 13 Turkish soldiers in southeastern province of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pressure is building on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade northern Iraq to stop deadly attacks launched across the border by Kurdish separatists. Both the army and public are clamoring for action to stop the escalating violence. Kurdish guerrillas in the last two weeks have killed 15 soldiers and 13 civilians in the worst violence in a decade.

Washington warns that a Turkish response would interfere with US strategy in Iraq and destabilize the most functional region in Iraq. Similar Turkish missions in Kurdistan in the '90s were unsuccessful, and Erdogan has generally favored a diplomatic approach. But he said ominously Sunday that Turkey's "campaign will continue in a different manner." The Turkish military has ordered civilians away from several sites along the border.