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TUNCELI, Turkey (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called crisis talks that may authorize a cross-border military offensive after Kurdish rebels killed at least 12 Turkish soldiers in an ambush on Sunday near the Iraqi border.

The attack, one of the worst in more than a decade by rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), came four days after the Ankara parliament backed a motion allowing troops to enter northern Iraq to fight guerrillas hiding there.

"We are very angry... Our parliament has granted us the authority to act and within this framework we will do whatever has to be done," Erdogan said at an Istanbul polling station after voting in Sunday's referendum on constitutional changes.

Erdogan said military and government officials would meet at 8 pm (1 p.m. EDT) under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul at the presidential palace to decide how Turkey should respond.

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Not good at such a tense time. I wonder if the Kurds think the US will back them if Turkey invades? 'Cause I can't really see them wanting an invasion if they didn't have some form of back up.

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