ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has signaled Turkey could launch a joint operation with Iran against Kurdish militants' main base in northern Iraq, according to reports in Turkish newspapers on Friday.
In August, Turkey carried out a series of air and artillery strikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels in northern Iraq and the interior minister said this week a ground operation could be launched any time against the guerrillas there, depending on the result of talks with Iraq.
The military action was triggered by an increase in PKK attacks in southeast Turkey in which dozens of security personnel were killed.
Speaking to reporters while traveling to Tunisia on a north African tour, Erdogan said the minister's comment had been a slip of the tongue that had been corrected, and that there would be no forewarning of any such operation.
"Things like this are not said, they are done," the Hurriyet daily quoted the prime minister as saying. The same comments were reported by other newspapers.