PKK-geriljaen drepte 12 soldater i et bakhold søndag. Det hjalp ikke at hæren drepte 32 PKK-soldater. Tålmodigheten er snart slutt for Tyrkias del. Regjeringen ble innkalt til krisemøte.
USAs forsvarsminister Robert Gates trodde ikke en invasjon var nært forestående. Han kan ta feil.
The soldiers died when an estimated 200 guerrillas — the largest single group that attacked a Turkish unit in years — reportedly attacked an infantry company near the village of Daglica, less than three miles from the Iraqi border.
The attack occurred just after midnight during a military offensive against rebels in Hakkari province, where the borders of Turkey, Iraq and Iran meet. Hakkari is east of Sirnak province, another area of conflict between the PKK and the Turkish military.
According to CNN-Turk, the rebels blew up a bridge as a 12-vehicle military convoy was crossing. In a separate attack on Sunday, 17 people were injured when a bomb exploded as a minibus — part of a wedding convoy — passed nearby, the local governor’s office said.
«Our anger, our hatred is great,» Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Det var demonstrasjoner i flere byer med krav om en invasjon av Nord-Irak. Mengden ropte Allahu Akbar. PKK skal også ha tatt et antall tyrkiske soldater til fange.
Tyrkias utenriksminister er i Jeddah, trolig for å mønstre støtte til en invasjon.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, meanwhile, arrived unexpectedly in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia — his third visit to an Arab country since parliament passed the motion — in an apparent effort to muster Arab support for any Turkish offensive.