The Turkish government has given the green light to a military operation targeting Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. It appears to be the final step before the launch of a cross-border offensive but it is unclear if Ankara will follow up its words with actions. The US and Iraq have repeatedly cautioned Turkey against such a move, saying it would destablise a relatively peaceful region.
Turkish forces have already carried out airstrikes against PKK positions. But analysts do not believe major ground operations are imminent.