The Turkish army has begun a ground offensive mission into northern Iraq. Their aim is to hunt down Kurdish rebels, and it has already drawn an angry response from Iraqi leaders and a call for restraint from Washington.
The Turkish government won parliamentary approval to enter Iraq for the purpose of attacking Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants based there.
Turkey charges that an estimated 4,000 PKK rebels are hiding in northern Iraq and using the region as a springboard for attacks on Turkish territory. It's part of the PKK separatist campaign they launched in 1984.
The United States supplies Turkey with intelligence on PKK movements, and said it had been notified of the incursion beforehand and urged its NATO ally to exercise restraint.
Though I know it's rampant, it always surprises me to hear all the different ways we're involved in intelligence in other countries. Was Turkey within its rights to invade?