Turkey will take steps to fight Iraq-based Kurdish rebels "when needed," regardless of international pressure, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.
"Whenever an operation is needed to be carried out, we will do that," Erdogan told a Turkish flag-waving crowd in the western city of Izmit. "We do not need to ask anything from anyone for that. Some (countries) might have other wishes, but we make our decisions on our own." Turkey has been under pressure from the United States, Iraq and other countries to refrain from a cross-border offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels based in northern Iraq.