Iraqi PM to visit Turkey to discuss security

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will visit Turkey next month to discuss security issues, his spokesman said Saturday, as the Turkish government weighs a possible offensive into northern Iraq to thwart Kurdish separatists. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued the invitation to al-Maliki earlier this month and warned the incursion could occur if talks with the United States and Iraqi leaders failed to produce effective measures against the Kurdish guerrillas operating from bases in northern Iraq. Al-Maliki will travel to Ankara in the second week of August, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said, declining to give a more specific date for security reasons.