Turkish troops pounded suspected Kurdish rebel camps in northern Iraq with artillery fire, a newspaper reported Wednesday, after the government announced it would seek parliament's approval for a cross-border military operation.
Turkey's government said Tuesday it had begun preparations for its army to cross the border in pursuit of rebels belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party.
A member of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's governing Justice and Development Party said the government would seek parliament's approval. The measure, however, was unlikely to come to the floor before the end of a four-day religious holiday on Sunday, another party official said Wednesday. He asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
Such a large-scale military incursion could open a new front in Iraq. It would also disrupt one of the few relatively peaceful areas of Iraq and would jeopardize Turkey's ties with the United States, which has urged Ankara not to take unilateral steps.