The Turkish Prime Minister has declared himself happy after talks with America’s President Bush on the fight against the breakaway Kurdish terrorist group, the PKK. The President promised Tayyip Erdogan the US would share intelligence with Turkey. Bush said: “The PKK is a terrorist organisation. They’re an enemy of Turkey, they’re an enemy of Iraq, and they’re an enemy of the United States.”
Turkey has amassed 100 000 troops on the Iraqi frontier, and parliament in Ankara has approved possible military action against the PKK – or Kurdistan Workers Party – who have been attacking Turkish troops from across the border.
America is worried that any incursion will unsettle one of Iraq’s most stable regions. Turkey has called for concrete action from Washington and Baghdad, but is getting impatient.
And Erdogan is under intense domestic pressure to act. Outside the White House, Kurdish protestors waved Iraqi Kurdistan flags, and urged Turkey not to take military action in the region.