Turkish Parliament approved on Wednesday the governmental request for permission to conduct military operations in Northern Iraq, against Kurdish rebel camps. The law draft was approved almost unanimously.

Prime minister minimized the possibility of a soon-to-come offensive, but the Parliament's approval represents the legal basis to allow NATO's second largest army to cross the mountains as soon as it is ready.

Iraqi president Jalal Talabani demanded Turkey to refrain from attacking the Kurd rebels, mentioning that Baghdad is ready to work with Turkey in preventing the rebels from launching further attacks against Turkey using their bases in Northern Iraq.

The White House recommended Turkey to avoid military actions against Kurds, claiming that such actions may de-stabilize Iraq.