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Turkish parliament approves Iraq incursion request

Turkish soldiers sit in a military truck in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak, October 17, 2007. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament approved by a large majority on Wednesday a government request to allow troops to cross into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels based there.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has played down expectations of an imminent offensive, but the parliamentary approval provides the legal basis for NATO’s second biggest army to cross the mountainous border as and when it sees fit.

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