Turkish commandos drill near Iraqi border

About 100 Turkish commandos scaled the slopes of a mountain near the Iraqi border in a mock exercise Wednesday, as Turkey's president called for "soldier-to-soldier" dialogue with US troops to coordinate a possible cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebels. Tens of thousands of Turkish soldiers positioned along the rugged Iraqi border have increased anti-rebel operations in the area, after a spate of rebel attacks led Turkey to threaten an incursion to hit rebel bases in northern Iraq. The United States and Iraq have been pressing Turkey, however, to avoid a major cross-border attack on the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, bases, in what has been one of the most stable areas in Iraq.