Turkish troop involvement in Iraq has been a contentious issue since US authorities asked Ankara if US forces could be based in the country in the build up to the invasion. Turkey agreed on the condition that it was allowed to arrest Kurdish separatists who had fled to northern Iraq. US officials did not accept Turkey’s conditions, citing political objections from leaders in Kurdish controlled northern Iraq as the reason. US and Turkish authorities came to an agreement on 2 October that would allow for the arrest of Kurdish separatists in Iraq by US forces in exchange for Turkish military assistance with peacekeeping duties (MEED 3:9:03).