17 killed in recent attack on Turkey-Iraq border
Kurdish rebels from Iraq staged an attack on Turkish forces on the Iraq-Turkey border that left 17 Turkish soldiers dead and 16 others wounded Sunday.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party-the PKK- is the rebel group that staged the attacks and received the reaction from the Turkish government who killed 32 PKK rebels in southern Turkey in response to the attack.
Turkey insists that the PKK rebels are based in the Kurdish region in Iraq, but the Iraqi government says that the rebels are only stationed in the mountainous regions along the Iraq-Turkey border that the Iraqi government does not control.
US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice urged Turkey to not respond to the attack immediately. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan felt that the US was taking Turkey's concerns seriously. The US does not want Turkey to enter Iraq in search of the PKK rebels because they do not want to risk disturbing the peace in the Kurdish northern region of Iraq whose autonomy has helped sustain the peace.
Iraq's President Jalal Talabani ordered that the PKK rebels in Iraq lay down their arms or leave the country.