A Turkish convoy with dozens of military vehicles joined tens of thousands of troops massed on the Iraqi border today, as the military announced that eight soldiers were missing, in addition to 12 killed, in an ambush by Kurdish militants early yesterday morning. The Turks shelled Kurdish camps over the border for nearly 24 hours in retaliation for the attacks. Protesters across the country demanded tough action and opposition leaders called for PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign.
Turkish leaders said after an emergency meeting last night they would "pay any price" to protect their nation but announced no imminent plans for an invasion. Erdogan said Condoleeza Rice had phoned during the meeting to urge him to give the US "a few days to take certain steps" before taking drastic action.