The Turkish army, the second biggest force in NATO, is waiting at the border with Iraq, waiting for the go-ahead to invade. The government says its running out of patience with failed efforts to stop cross-border attacks by Kurdish rebels who then run back into Iraq for cover.
Up to 100,000 soldiers are mobilised even as last-ditch diplomacy talks got underway in Ankara. Prime Minister Erdogan said today from Romania that US calls for restraint would not influence a decision to attack that would be taken by Turkey alone. “The United States has to act together with Turkey. We acted together with them in Afghanistan.” he said.