Ankara, Turkey – Middle East Headache: Turkish PM Signals Joint Operation With Iran

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    A handout picture released by Iranian Presidential Official Website on 12 July 2011, shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) greeting Turkish Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the presidential office, in Tehran, Iran, on 11 July 2011.EPA/IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICIAL WEBSITE / HOAnkara, Turkey – Turkey’s prime minister has signaled a joint military offensive with Iran against their common enemy: Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Sunday that both countries are working together and determined.

    Erdogan said: “there is no question of any postponement,” a clear reference to a possible joint military operation against the main Kurdish rebel base on Qandil Mountain which sits on the Iraqi-Iranian border deep inside northern Iraq.

    He says: “I regret to say this but there will be a price for it,” a reference to possible military losses in a cross-border offensive.

    A wing of the Kurdish rebel group, which is waging a war for autonomy in Turkey’s southeast, is also fighting against Tehran from Qandil.


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