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    Iraqi PM Maliki urges coordination with Turkey on PKK terror

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    16.10.2008 - 10:25 | Son Güncelleme:

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that Turkish, Iraqi and U.S. officials must act together to end threats from PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, a spokesman said.

    "They discussed the security situation on (the two countries') common borders and the activities of the terrorist group PKK," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Reuters.     

    Dabbagh said that Maliki, during a phone call initiated by Erdogan, called for an existing trilateral committee of Turkish, Iraqi and U.S. officials "to set mechanisms to end the danger imposed by the PKK on Turkey, Iraq and the region."

    Maliki met with a Turkish delegation in Baghdad on Tuesday and condemned the attacks.

    Turkey intensified its direct contacts with the Iraqi officials to discuss the possible measures that can be taken in the fight against the terror organization, PKK.

    It has stepped up its campaign to crackdown on the PKK since an Oct. 3 attack by PKK terrorists against a Turkish border outpost that killed 17 soldiers.

    The PKK attacks have strained Iraq's relations with Turkey, which accuses its southern neighbor of failing to halt violence from the PKK.

    The United States has about 145,000 troops in Iraq.   

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