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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkey Says It's Running Out of Patience

ANKARA, Turkey -- President Abdullah Gul warned Kurdish rebels Thursday that Turkey's patience was running out after Turkish forces said they had repelled a guerrilla attack near the Iraqi border.

Ankara has amassed up to 100,000 troops along the border before a possible cross-border operation to crush about 3,000 rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, who launch attacks into Turkey from northern Iraq.

Iraqi, Turkish and U.S. diplomats have increased efforts to avert a large-scale incursion, but Gul said Turkey would not tolerate any more PKK attacks from Iraq.

"[The United States] may not want us to carry out a cross-border operation. But it is we who will decide whether to do one or not," Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.

"Although we respect the territorial integrity and unity of Iraq, Turkey ... will not tolerate the use of Iraqi soil for the purpose of terrorist activities."