Despite intense diplomatic opposition from the US, the Turkish prime minister has set in motion the parliamentary process to deploy troops to Northern Iraq. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a motion yesterday authorizing military action in response to attacks across the border by Kurdish rebels, the Times of London reports. The motion is expected to be approved by parliament tomorrow.
Turkey is threatening to begin sorties into the northern, predominantly Kurdish areas of Iraq, charging that the US hasn't done enough to contain strikes on Turkish soil by some 3,000 Kurdish separatist insurgents hiding there. The vote last week by a congressional committee to recognize Armenian genocide also inflamed the Turkish leadership.The US has sent several State Department officials to try to calm the response.