Abdul Hamid Zebari
June 24, 2010

Turkish forces pushed into northern Iraq yesterday, killing four people, including a 15-year-old girl as they attacked the hideouts of Kurdish rebels who killed 12 soldiers in the deadliest spell of violence in two years.

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The ground incursion into Iraq came after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “to the end.”

PKK spokesman Ahmed Denis responded with a threat to attack cities across Turkey if the army did not halt its policy of confrontation.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, criticized the “unilateral” Turkish action and called on the Erdogan government to return to peaceful efforts to woo Turkey’s large Kurdish minority away from violence.


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