US asked to destroy Kurdish bases

Turkish prime minister wants US and Iraq to take on guerrillas based in Iraq.

    Erdogan did not rule out a cross-border Turkish operation against the separatists [AP]

    Cross-border action

     

    Erdogan said: "Our expectations have been relayed to the opposite side. We have to achieve results. It would not be right to spell out a deadline."

     

    Erdogan did not rule out a cross-border Turkish operation against the separatists.

     

    "The target is to achieve results. Our patience has run out. The necessary steps will be taken when needed."

     

    The Turkish prime minister said the technical, military and diplomatic aspects of a possible cross-border incursion were being evaluated.

     

    The US opposes Turkish military action in Iraq, fearing it could destabilise the calmest part of the war-torn country.

     

    Ankara has repeatedly expressed its disappointment with Washington for what it says is a failure to crack down on Kurdish rebels who take refuge in northern Iraq and frequently attack soldiers and government targets in Turkey.

     

    The Kurdish rebel group, the PKK, has been fighting for autonomy since 1984. Tens of thousands of people have died. The rebel group is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.