Turkish forces bomb suspected Kurdish militant positions in Iraq. 'Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships attacked positions of Kurdish rebels along the rugged Iraqi-Turkish border on Wednesday, the country's official Anatolia news agency reported. Several F-16 warplanes loaded with bombs took off from an air base in southeastern city of Diyarbakir, private Dogan news agency and local reporters said. U.S.-made Cobra and Super Cobra attack helicopters chased Kurdish rebels some 3 miles into Iraqi territory on Sunday but returned to their bases in Turkey after a rebel ambush killed 12 soldiers near the border, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.'
Kurdish authorities call for end to PKK violence. 'Arbil - The president of Kurdish northern Iraq, Massud Barzani, has for the first time called on the PKK to end armed insurgency. Until now, the Iraqi Kurdish authorities have ignored the presence of the PKK on their territory. On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the PKK would no longer be tolerated in his country. It has been confirmed that Turkey has launched numerous small-scale air attacks against PKK bases in northern Iraq in the wake of Sunday's PKK cross-border ambush. Turkish troops have also crossed into Iraq. Turkish military sources have announced that actions against the PKK on Iraqi soil will not end soon.'
Turkish leaders to discuss Iraq action. 'Turkey's military and civilian leaders will discuss on Wednesday the scope and duration of a possible cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebels in Iraq as public support for action grows.'