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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rice Urges Turkey's Restraint

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that she had urged Turkey to refrain from any major military operation in northern Iraq.

"I urged restraint," Rice said of her telephone conversations Friday with Turkey's president, prime minister and foreign minister.

Two senior U.S. officials met Turkish officials in Ankara to try to ease strains after a congressional resolution branded massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as genocide.

Some analysts believe that the vote could weaken Washington's influence on fellow NATO member Turkey and increase the likelihood of a Turkish incursion into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels.

Turkish artillery fired about eight shells into a village in northern Iraq late Saturday, witnesses said. It was the latest bout of regular shelling of the mountainous border area where separatist guerrillas are believed to be hiding.

The witnesses said the shells landed in a village about five kilometers from the Turkish border. No casualties or damage was reported.

n Rice began a Middle East visit Sunday by voicing doubts that Israel and the Palestinians would agree during her four-day trip on terms for a conference on Palestinian statehood.

"I don't expect ... that there will be any particular outcome in the sense of breakthroughs on the document," Rice told reporters as she flew to Tel Aviv from Moscow.