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    Terror Board decision: If necessary, Turkey will enter Iraq

    Hürriyet Haber
    10 Ekim 2007 - 09:33Son Güncelleme : 10 Ekim 2007 - 09:33

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday led a meeting of the High Board on the Struggle Against Terror which dealt with the weekend PKK violence that resulted in the deaths of 15 Turkish soldiers outside of Sirnak and in Diyarbakir.

    The official decision emerging from the meeting, which was attended by top ranked members of the Turkish military as well as government ministers, was that "All necessary orders and commands for every kind of precaution, including a possible over the border intervention, will be granted." One unnamed authority in Ankara noted that "The process from hereonin will not be shared with the public."

    Said Erdogan yesterday: "We are determined to bring this terror to an end point....We will use all of our resources. Whatever is needed will be done. And if, in the end, permission is needed from the Parliament, that will be granted. If this means an official declaration, that will come, and if it means money, that will also be granted.....The reasons for an over the border operation exist. We have legitimate rights. Finally, if we need to enter Iraq, we will do so." Erdogan did not give a specific date for when the bill calling for intervention into Iraq might go to the Turkish Parliament. The preparations for the bill are to be carried out in a joint effort between the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the military's General Staff headquarters. One Ankara source said that the decision to give the go-ahead for "hot pursuit" by special Turkish armed forces over the border into northern Iraq had already been made in a three-way summit between President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and General Yasar Buyukanit two days ago at Ankara's Cankaya Presidential Palace.

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