Turkey has threatened to send its army back into northern Iraq to attack Kurdish rebels in retaliation for the deaths of 17 of its soldiers in a cross-border ambush last week.
Turkish warplanes stepped up their raids from the giant Diyarbakir airbase today, attacking PKK targets in Iraq for a second straight day. Senior officers said they hit 21 Kurdish targets, and all planes returned to base safely.
Several thousand PKK rebels are believed to be based in the mountains across the border with Iraq, from where they launch attacks on Turkish soil.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey’s powerful military accuse Baghdad of not doing enough to crush the rebels, and seem to have decided to do the job themselves.