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Turkish press welcomes air strikes
Turkish Press

The Turkish press broadly welcomes the country's air strikes against Kurdish PKK separatist rebels in northern Iraq on Sunday.

Two writers feel the strikes follow directly from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with US President Bush last month, while another feels the operation also shows that Turkey has the support of Europe.

One paper sees the exercise as proof that Turkey is a regional superpower, while it is widely felt that there is now no haven for the PKK.

MURAT YETKIN IN RADIKAL

Cooperation with the US is real and bears fruit: Hundreds of kilometres inside Iraq, Turkish war planes have conducted an intense operation for about an hour. This could not have been possible without the approval and clearance of the operation corridor by the US... Developments show that Prime Minister Erdogan's meeting with US President George Bush in the White House on 5 November really was a turning point.

ALI H. ASLAN IN ZAMAN

Two things have become clear following Prime Minister Erdogan's meeting with President Bush in the White House on 5 November: The US would not do anything directly against the PKK in Iraq, but would provide instant intelligence for similar goals and remain silent against limited land and air operations... Turkey's air operation against PKK bases on Mount Kandil has taken place within the framework of the security aspect of this agreement.

TAHA AKYOL IN MILLIYET

Turkey has been given the support of the US and Europe for such cross-border operations... From now on the PKK will not be able to move freely in Northern Iraq... It is extremely important that the PKK militants' shelters and supplies have been destroyed... It will not be easy for the PKK and the Northern Iraqi Kurdish government to cooperate as easily as they have done in the past.

ERTUGRUL OZKOK IN HURRIYET

Turkey is the greatest power - superpower - in the region... Our government, which took this political decision, and our armed forces which turned the decision into deterrence with similar determination have rewritten history and redrawn the lines once again.

GUNGOR MENGI IN VATAN

Northern Iraq has been a 'safe zone' for the PKK for a long time. Yesterday's operation should have taught the terrorists that there is no safe zone for them. We hope that the warning inherent in the operation will be seen by the regional Kurdish government. There is also the possibility that this stroke may convince those militants who have not committed any murders to come down from the mountains.

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