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Erdogan and Maliki


Turkey and Iraq have agreed to work together to crack down on Kurdish rebels. Iraq’s prime Minister Nourri Al-Maliki has been in Ankara for talks with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Relations between the two countries have been strained by the continued presence of PKK rebels in northern Iraq which Ankara labels terrorists. Turkey has warned Iraq it will launch military strikes on the north unless something is done. This political agreement is a step forward, but Turkey knows Maliki’s word carries little influence in the north, and Iraq’s dire security situation does not help. The US has urged Turkey not to add to Iraq’s problems by sending its troops in. But the head of northern Iraq’s Kurdish administration has so far refused to take action against the rebel faction and Ankara will not rule out military action. It’s already massed large numbers of troops along its border with northern Iraq to deter attacks.

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