Turkish Super Cobra attack helicopter heads to the border as it flies past
snow-covered mountains after taking off from a military base near the
southeastern Turkish town of Cukurca, bordering Iraq, February 28, 2008. The
United States called on Thursday for NATO ally Turkey to end its major ground
offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels in northern Iraq as soon as possible, but
Ankara said it would stay until the job was done.
An undated handout
picture provided by the Turkish Chief of General Staff army headquarters on
February 28, 2008, shows Turkish soldiers during an operation against Kurdish
guerrillas in northern Iraq. U.S. President George W. Bush said on Thursday
Turkish troops should withdraw from Northern Iraq "as quickly as possible." "The
Turks need to move, move quickly, achieve their objective and get out," he told
a White House news conference. REUTERS/Turkish Chief of Staff/Handout (IRAQ).
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this photo released by the Turkish General Staff headquarters on Thursday, Feb.
28, 2008, a Turkish soldier uses binoculars to search the area during an
operation against Kurdish rebels at an undisclosed location. Turkey on Thursday
declined to set a timetable for the withdrawal of Turkish troops fighting
Kurdish rebels in Iraq, despite calls from the United States to quickly wrap up
the operation. Also on Thursday, Turkey's military said its troops killed seven
more rebels in the fighting in Iraq, bringing the total claimed death toll to
237 rebels since Turkey's ground incursion began a week ago.
(AP Photo/Turkish General Staff, HO)
Turkish soldier takes part in an operation in northern Iraq in this undated
handout picture provided by the Turkish Chief of General Staff army headquarters
and released to Reuters February 24, 2008.
REUTERS/Turkish Chief of Staff/Handout
Turkish tanks move near the southeastern Turkish town of Silopi, near the Iraqi
border, February 21, 2008. The Turkish military shelled several Kurdish rebel
positions inside northern Iraq on Thursday, an Iraqi security official said.
Turkey has massed tens of thousands of troops along its frontier with Iraq. It
has carried out several small-scale cross-border commando operations and aerial
bombing raids against rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Turkish soldier stands guard next to an armoured vehicle at the village of
Sheladiz near the Iraqi-Turkish borders February 27, 2008. Picture taken
February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz (IRAQ)
Turkish armoured vehicles are seen outside a military base in the village of
Bamerni near the Iraqi-Turkish borders February 27, 2008. Picture taken February
27, 2008. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz (IRAQ)
helicopters and vehicles are seen in Cukurca in Hakkari province, on the
Turkey-Iraq border, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. Turkey declined Thursday to set a
timetable for the withdrawal of its troops fighting Kurdish rebels in Iraq,
despite calls from the United States to quickly wrap up the operation.
(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkish army helicopter returns from a combat mission in northern Iraq to its
base in Cukurca in Hakkari province on the Turkey-Iraq border, Wednesday, Feb.
27, 2008. Turkish troops have killed 77 Kurdish rebels in the most intense
fighting of a week-old ground incursion in northern Iraq, the military said
Wednesday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)