Oil, Turkey and Iraq

Citing unnamed Turkish officials, reports say that hundreds to thousands of Turkish troops have crossed the border to Northern Iraq in pursuit of members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“This afternoon 10 Turkish helicopters landed in a village in Mazouri, which is … 3 km (2 miles) inside the Iraqi border. They landed with around 150 Turkish special forces,” said deputy minister for Peshmerga Affairs in Kurdistan, Jabar Yawir who also stated that “after two hours they left and there were no confrontations with the PKK.”

Foreign minister Abdullah Gül has denied the reports. “There is no such thing, no entry to another country. If such a thing happens, then we would announce it,” Gul said. “We are in a war with terror, we will do whatever is necessary to fight terrorism.”

The United States military in Iraq has also denied the reports that any Turkish troops entered Iraq.

“We have seen no indication of Turkish troops crossing the border,” said Colonel Steve Boylan, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq.

Reuters report that [Turkish troops conducted a “limited operation” into northern Iraq in recent days in pursuit of Kurdish rebels, a military official said on Wednesday.]



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