A senior Turkish official says the Cabinet has approved economic sanctions against Kurdish rebels and their supporters.
The measures could affect members of the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern Iraq. Ankara accuses rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, of launching attacks in southeastern Turkey from bases in Iraq. Meanwhile, the U.S. Defense Department says it is providing Ankara with the kind of intelligence on Kurdish rebels that could enable the Turkish military to take action against them.
A Pentagon spokesman says the United States has been supplying actionable intelligence to Turkey, and has been providing "more and more" information as a result of recent developments. He says part of the effort to help Turkey fight rebels involves an order to U.S. troops in Iraq to detain anyone on a list of the 10 most wanted PKK members.