미국의 로버트 게이츠 국방장관은 터키 지도자들과 만나 터키의 이라크 북부에서 진행되고 있는 터키의 군사작전을 2주안에 끝낼 것을 촉구하겠다고 밝혔습니다.
게이츠 장관은 터키 지상군이 이라크 쿠르드 노동당의 반군을 소탕하기 위해 이라크 북부를 침공한지 1주일만인 27일 터키를 방문합니다.
게이츠 장관은 터키의 군사작전이 가능한한 조속히 끝나야 한다는 미국의 입장을 터키측에 거듭 강조할 것이라고 밝혔습니다.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he will tell Turkish leaders that Turkey must conclude its military operation in northern Iraq within the next two weeks.
Gates is due in Ankara today (Wednesday), almost one week after Turkish ground troops launched a military incursion into northern Iraq to battle rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (or PKK).
The U.S. defense chief (, on a visit to New Delhi, India) said that he would reiterate Washington's position that the military operation end as quickly as possible.
And a senior Turkish envoy, Ahmet Davutoglu, is in the Iraqi capital today (Wednesday) to discuss the incursion with Iraqi government officials.
Turkey's military today said it has killed 77 Kurdish rebels since Tuesday evening, bringing the rebel death toll to 230. It says five soldiers were also killed in the pre-dawn clashes, bringing the military's loss to 24.
In the past, the rebels have said the military's casualty figures are inflated. Neither sides' figures can be independently verified.