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.