Thursday, June 7, 2007

Turkey, Iraq Deny Reports Of Troop Incursion

CAIRO, Jun 7
The foreign ministers of both Iraq and Turkey, as well as the White House, all denied reports Wednesday that Turkish troops had launched a cross-border raid to strike Kurdish rebel bases in Iraq''s northern highlands, AFP reported.

Turkey has stepped up its military presence in its own southeastern region, Iraq''s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said, but both he and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul denied there had been a recent incursion.

Ankara suspects northern Iraq''s Kurdish authorities of turning a blind eye to cross border attacks by separatist fighters from the Kurdistan Workers'' Party (PKK), which is fighting for self-rule in southern Turkey.

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