As if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki didn’t already have his hands full, now he’s dealing with pressure from Turkey to drive out members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have hunkered down in northern Iraq — or else Turkish troops will do the honors.


The Turkish military has deployed tens of thousands of troops along its southern border in recent months and has been calling for cross-border operations to target the 4,000 PKK activists it believes are in northern Iraq.

The PKK, which has been fighting for an ethnic homeland since 1984, has been labelled a terrorist organisation by both the US and the EU.

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