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Bush Presses Turkey to Leave Northern Iraq

Turkey is coming under increasing pressure to end its offensive into northern Iraq, as President Bush urged the Turks to "move quickly, achieve their objective and get out." Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered the same message to the government in Ankara.

More than a week ago, Turkish forces crossed into northern Iraq, in an effort to combat Kurdish separatists with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

The group has launched attacks on Turkey from the mountainous Iraqi border region. But as casualties have mounted, so has international pressure on Ankara to withdraw its forces from Iraqi territory.


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