NEWS: Turkish incursion into Iraq not imminent

Turkey requests authority to attack

The Turkish government asked parliament Monday for a one-year authorization to conduct military operations in northern Iraq to attack Kurdish separatist guerrillas, but senior government officials attempted to play down the prospects of an immediate attack.

“It is impossible to speak for certain on a possible cross-border operation if the parliament approves it,” Gen. Ergin Saygun, deputy chief of the Turkish General Staff, told reporters, according to the Anatolian news agency. “We will look at the season and go over our needs before launching a military operation.” [complete article]

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