Iraq: At least eight dead in blast as talks with Turkey fail
A bomb buried in rubbish killed eight people and injured 13 in the Diyala Bridge area of southeastern Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi police said. According to Reuters, two policemen were among those hurt in the explosion, which targeted an area of restaurants.
Meanwhile, Turkish military planes scoured the Iraqi border for Kurdish camps on Saturday, army sources said, while diplomatic talks in Ankara to avert a major operation into northern Iraq failed. Turkish-Iraqi contacts hit a deadlock on Friday evening after Ankara rejected a series of proposals offered by Iraqi Defense Minister General Abdel Qader Jassim to tackle Kurdish militants as insufficient and taking too long to take effect.
Officials told Reuters that no further talks were planned on Saturday and the Iraqi delegation would leave around midday.
Turkey has massed up to 100,000 troops on the frontier before a possible cross-border raid against some 3,000 PKK members using northern Iraq as a base from which to carry out deadly attacks in Turkey.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile played down comments from Turkey's top general that the military was waiting for Erdogan to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington on Nov. 5 before launching a major incursion.
"I don't know what will happen before the American trip," Erdogan said in Istanbul on Friday evening. "We are in a sensitive state all the time."