Several thousand Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq early Wednesday to chase Kurdish guerrillas who operate from bases there:
Two senior security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said the raid was limited in scope and that it did not constitute the kind of large incursion that Turkish leaders have been discussing in recent weeks.The Turks also warned the Kurds:
“It is not a major offensive and the number of troops is not in the tens of thousands,” one of the officials told the AP by telephone.
The officials said any confrontation with Iraqi Kurdish groups, who have warned against a Turkish incursion, could trigger a larger cross-border operation.While obviously not a good thing, this may have more than a bit to do with Turkish elections. Turkey can't be expected to do nothing when they are attacked on their soil.