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Turkey seeks KRG’s help against rebels

The Associated Press reports:

Turkish leaders on Friday pressed the president of Iraq's Kurdish enclave to crack down on the Kurdish rebels launching cross-border attacks from their Iraqi mountain sanctuaries.

President Abdullah Gul met Massoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, in Istanbul. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu already urged Barzani late Thursday to assist Turkey's fight against the guerrillas.

It was the first direct talks in 1 1/2 years between Turkish leaders and Barzani, which followed last month's Turkish military incursion into northern Iraq in response to the Oct. 19 killing of 24 soldiers by the rebels.

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