BREAKING NEWS! (more from AFP, BBC, and McClatchy)

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military said on Friday it had launched a cross-border land offensive backed by fighter jets into northern Iraq on Thursday evening to hunt down Kurdish PKK guerrillas.

Turkish television reported, without citing sources, that 10,000 troops had entered Iraqi territory. NTV said troops had moved 10 km (6 miles) inside Iraq.

"The Turkish Armed Forces, which attach great importance to Iraq's territorial integrity and stability, will return home in the shortest time possible after its goals have been achieved," the General Staff said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The military's General Staff said the cross-border offensive was launched at 7 p.m. (12:00 p.m. EST) on Thursday.

A senior U.S. official said the land incursion was "not the greatest news".

Use this as an Open Turkey/Iraq thread. Any thoughts?

Originally posted to joejoejoe on Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 02:18 AM PST.


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