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Rice: Kurdish rebels are ‘common threat’

November 2, 2007

By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press Writers

ANKARA, Turkey – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice assured Turkish officials Friday that Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq were a “common threat” and that the United States would help Ankara in its fight against them.

Speaking after meeting with both Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, Rice said she had emphasized that the United States is “committed to redoubling its efforts” to help Turkey in its struggle against the rebel fighters.

“We consider this a common threat, not just to the interests of Turkey but to the interests of the United States as well,” she said at a joint news conference with Babacan….

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Turkey Conducts Air Attack on Kurds on Iran’s Border

October 24, 2007

By SELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press 

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships reportedly attacked positions of Kurdish rebels just inside Turkey along the border with Iraq on Wednesday, as Turkey’s military stepped up its anti-rebel operations.

As the military stepped up its anti-rebel operations, civilian and military leaders discussed the scope and duration of a possible cross-border offensive — a move that Turkey’s Western allies are trying to prevent.

Several F-16 warplanes loaded with bombs took off from an air base in southeastern city of Diyarbakir….Read the rest:
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