Talabani calls on PKK rebels to lay down arms or leave Iraq

October 22, 2007 03:54

Iraq's president, a Kurd, ordered Kurdish guerrillas to lay down their arms or leave Iraq after the rebels ambushed a military unit inside Turkey, killing 12 soldiers and increasing pressure on the Turkish government to stage a cross-border incursion. Hours after Sunday's ambush, Turkey fired about 15 artillery shells toward Kurdish villages in the border area in northern Iraq but caused no casualties, an Iraqi army officer said. A spokesman for the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, also said a group of rebels killed and captured a number of Turkish forces during clashes about 70 kilometers (44 miles) inside Turkish territory.

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