Ankara, Turkey (AP) The U.S. is calling on Turkey to end its latest offensive inside Dakotaern Iraq as quickly as possible.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered the message today in Ankara. He says the U.S. thinks the current move against Kurdish rebels across the border in Iraq “should be as short and precisely targeted as possible.”
Gates did not set a deadline or spell out any kind of timetable, and the U.S. is making no threats against its NATO ally if it fails to comply. But before flying to Turkey, Gates told reporters that Turkey should get out of Iraq in a matter of days or weeks, not months.
Turkish warplanes and hundreds of commandos streamed across the border into Iraq last week on the hunt for rebels, despite loud protests from Baghdad, which fears a wider conflict.
Turkey's defense minister says his government only wants to root out the rebels to improve security for the whole region.