|06-12-2007, 12:38 PM||#1|
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Iran shelling N Iraq?
Turkish, Iranian cooperation against PKK irks Iraq and US
News that Iranian and Turkish forces are shelling the PKK hideouts in northern Iraq from their own territories apparently in a coordinated manner has created deep discomfort in Baghdad, Erbil and Washington prompting the Iraqi government to hand a diplomatic note to Turkey calling "to act together" against the militants.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Turkey risks increasing regional tensions by moving troops into Iraq against Kurdish terrorists. She added it would be "not good for Iraq and not good for Turkey."
The statement by Rice, speaking to a panel of journalists and editors from The Associated Press, suggested that Washington could do little to halt limited Turkish incursions across the rugged frontier against the PKK.
Rice said it's "not good for anybody for a robust move across the border
Turkey, Iran shelling
The warning came as Turkish and Iranian forces reportedly shelled positions across the border in northern Iraq
Iraqi Kurdish sources have claimed Turkey and Iran have been shelling border areas.
Military observers say Turkish artillery positions are too far away from the Kurdish region where the PKK is holed out and thus the shelling may not be from Turkey but from Iran.