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Turkey-Iraq Border Tensions, Fighting Continue

December 23, 2007
A Turkish soldier patrols in an army vehicle on a road near ... 

A Turkish soldier patrols in an army vehicle on a road near Yuksekova in southeastern Turkey, bordering Iraq, December 22, 2007.Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish guerrilla targets in northern Iraq on Saturday, the General Staff said, in Turkey’s latest cross-border offensive. The military said in a statement posted on its webpage that the offensive against outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas inside Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq would continue. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkish fighter jets bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Sunday, a spokesman for security forces in the Kurdish-run region said.

The spokesman, Jabar Yawar, said the jets bombed an area about 50 miles north of Irbil near the border with Turkey for about an hour and a half. He said there were no civilian casualties because the area was deserted due to a fear of Turkish attacks.

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US tries to stop Turk incursion in Iraq

October 23, 2007

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press 

WASHINGTON – The United States has opened a “diplomatic full court press” to keep Turkey from invading northern Iraq, an incursion that could further destabilize Iraq and the region.

President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other U.S. officials implored Turkish and Iraqi leaders to work together to counter the threat from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), U.S. officials said Monday as Turkish troops headed toward the border and tensions soared.

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Iraq and Turkey See Tensions Rise After Ambush

October 22, 2007

ISTANBUL, Oct. 21 — A brazen ambush by Kurdish militants that left at least 12 Turkish soldiers dead touched off a major escalation in Turkey-Iraq tensions on Sunday, bringing fears that Turkey would retaliate immediately by sending troops across the border into Iraq. But Turkey’s prime minister said he delayed a decision, after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice personally intervened.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/world/europe/22turkey.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
(Includes map of the Kurdish Region)

Related:
Turkish troops, weapons head toward Iraq

Turkish Parliament Approves Iraq Mission; Wider War?

October 17, 2007

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey – Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a possible cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, although the government appears willing to give diplomatic pressure on the U.S.-backed Iraqi administration more time to work.

Lawmakers voted 507-19 in favor of empowering the government to order the military to cross into Iraq during a one-year period, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said. They then burst into applause.

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Pelosi: Our Candidate for “Catch and Release”

October 17, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 17, 2007

“Catch and release” refers to the popular fishing practice of releasing the hooked fish so that he can live and participate in that great sport another day. It has also been applied to our overcrowded prison system. Often judges release prisoners convicted of misdemeanors and minor crimes, sentencing them to something other than prison time like community service.

If only we had “Catch and release” for politicians. We often elect people to high office that turn out to be, let us say, releasable.

We’d nominate Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Catch and Release.

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

Ms. Pelosi has put her own self and the interest of her small congressional constituency ahead of the national interest.

Last spring, Ms. Pelosi embarked upon what she called a “peace mission” to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories. She was widely criticized for overstepping her authority as Speaker of the House and meddling in the job of the Secretary of State.

These past few weeks, Ms. Pelosi has championed an idea floated by her Armenian-American constituents to brand Turkey as a nation that fosters “genocide.” Sounds harmless enough. But the atrocities some call genocide started in 1915 and were committed by the now defunct Ottoman Empire.

Turkey took umbrage.

In fact, Turkey, though which some seventy percent of U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan war logistics flow, told its Ambassador in Washington DC to come home for “consultations.” Then Turkey threatened to stop support for the U.S. in the war. Now the Turkish parliament will apparently vote to invade Iraq to wipe out the troublesome Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned Turkey that any incursion into Iraq would be unwelcome and “destabilizing.”

Ms. Pelosi, to satisfy a small local constituency, has muddled international relations on a grand scale.

If only we had catch and release for politicians.

Related:
Pelosi: Stumbling On Armenia

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Turkey to approve troops to Iraq in defiance of U.S.

October 16, 2007

By Gareth Jones

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will defy international pressure on Wednesday and grant its troops permission to enter northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels based there, though it has played down expectations of any imminent attack.

 

Washington, Ankara‘s NATO ally, says it understands Turkey’s desire to tackle rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), but fears a major incursion would wreck stability in the most peaceful part of Iraq and potentially in the wider region.

Turkey’s stance has helped drive global oil prices to $88 a barrel, a new record, and has hit its lira currency as investors weigh the economic risks of any major military operation.

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