July 3rd, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Iraq rejects Turkish plea for intervention against rebels

The Iraqi government on Friday said it rejected Turkey's calls for intervention in its conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

Iraq's role is as part of a joint security committee with Turkey and the United States to find "appropriate mechanisms" to deal with the PKK threat, and not "playing policeman," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.

The PKK has been battling the Turkish government since the early 1980s.

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