Turkish President Signals Cross-Border Operations in Northern Iraq

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Iraq that if they do not act to prevent the PKK fighters from attacking Turkey then they will do what is necessary.

Erdogan gave notice to Iraqi state authorities that if they do not swiftly act to prevent the Kurdish fighters of PKK from attacking Turkey the country will do whatever necessary against the armed group in Northern Iraq, the World Bulletin reported.

 “Either Iraq will bring (the PKK) fighters to account for their actions or we will settle our accounts with the PKK, ” Erdogan said.

Turkish media had earlier reported that the Turkish army was planning undertake a large-scale cross-border operation into Northern Iraq against the PKK camps.

According to the Turkey-Iraq Border Treaty signed in 1946 Turkey has the right of hot pursuit of armed attackers coming from Iraqi territory to a depth of 15 kilometers (10 miles). The Iraqi government also has the same rights with respect to Turkish territory.

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