The Turkish government is coming under public pressure to unleash a full-scale military campaign against Kurdish rebels in Northern Iraq, despite news that the outlawed PKK group could stop all of its operations against Turkey. There was a march in Ankara, urging Prime Minister Erdogan to send in the troops. This after several Turkish soldiers – some reports say at least 12 – were killed in a PKK ambush as part of the fight for an independent Kurdish homeland.
Some residents in towns on the Turkey-Iraq border want action. One man said: “It’s better we go into northern Iraq, not to invade, but to ruin the PKK – the Kurdistan Workers Party – and accomplish our aims.”
Another said: “We want parliament to take concrete steps on terror. We want peace and welfare to be established in the area. We as the people of this region get affected a lot.” In Kirkuk, in Northern Iraq – one of the country’s most stable areas – thousands called on Turkey to hold back.