Iraq can do more to curb Kurd rebels - US envoy

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BAGHDAD, Oct 25 (Reuters) The Iraqi government should take steps to arrest Kurdish guerrillas when they come down from their mountain hideouts and to restrict the resupply of rebel bases, the US ambassador in Baghdad said today.

Ryan Crocker told reporters in Baghdad that Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq should ''do everything possible to interdict resupply'' and also try to detain rebels moving in or out of the mountainous border region.

''Folk heading up that way need to be stopped, folks coming down need to be picked up,'' he said.

Turkey has massed troops on the Iraqi border and says it will launch a major incursion into Iraqi territory if the government fails to crack down on the PKK rebels.

The Iraqi government has repeatedly said it will not tolerate guerrilla attacks launched on Turkey from its soil, but has given few details of what concrete steps it plans to take to curb the rebels.

Crocker said Iraq's government should have a ''leader lookout list'' and monitor roads and airports in northern Iraq so PKK rebels could be detained.

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