Turkish FM arrives in Baghdad for talks on border crisis

October 23, 2007 11:41


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Turkey's foreign minister arrived in Baghdad Tuesday for talks with his Iraqi counterpart and the nation's president, both Kurds, on the border crisis. The flurry of diplomatic activity came as Turkish military helicopters airlifted commando units to the Iraqi border overnight after an ambush by rebel Kurds left eight soldiers missing and 12 dead. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan was expected to pressure the Iraqis to crack down on the rebels based in the mountains of the autonomous Kurdish territory in northern Iraq during his talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Both Iraqi leaders are Kurdish but have disavowed the violence from rebel forces. Babacan said Monday that Turkey will pursue diplomacy before sending in its military.

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