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    While Turkish Parliament debates northern Iraq action, military plans are readied

    Hürriyet Haber
    17.10.2007 - 14:16 | Son Güncelleme:

    With only hours left before the expected Turkish Parliament approval of a motion to allow the Turkish military to engage in an over the border operation into northern Iraq in pursuit of PKK terror forces, the Turkish military's General Staff headquarters is moving ahead with full speed on detailed plans for the operation.

    Sources in Ankara note that strikes from the air are currently the most likely alternative. Experts note that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking last week to CNN Turk, said "We are working with the chief of the Turkish military and the commanders of the air force." Within this framework, it appears most likely that any air strikes would be carried out by Turkish military planes leaving the Malatya Erhac Air Force Base, aimed at northern Iraq's Kandil Mountains, where most of the PKK terror forces are known to be encamped. In addition, Turkish F-16s flying out of the military's Diyarbakir Air Force Base are also thought to be an important component in any possible strikes. Sources also note that in the past seven years, since Turkey's previous air strikes on northern Iraq, technological advances within the Turkish military would make direct and pointed strikes more successful.
     
    If the motion to allow an over the border operation into northern Iraq is accepted today by the Turkish Parliament, the military's General Staff headquarters will move according to political directives coming from the Ankara administration. Following a political directive, the military will then coordinate its plans with the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
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