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Turkish PM agrees to raids into northern Iraq | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
The Turkish government yesterday yielded to its opponents in the army command, giving the go-ahead to the military to stage raids into northern Iraq against Kurdish separatist insurgents.

Despite opposition from Washington and doubts within the government that the action will be effective, the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, decided that the military would be allowed to conduct limited operations against the PKK army of Kurdish fighters holed up in the Qandil mountain on Iraq's border with Iran.

Iraq promptly voiced its anxiety at the decision. The Turkish and Iraqi governments signed a counterterrorism pact 10 days ago, but it did not permit the Turkish army to conduct military operations in Iraq.

The PKK has killed 15 Turkish soldiers and 12 civilians in ambushes in south-eastern Turkey in the past 10 days, the highest casualty toll in years. Turkish television has repeatedly broadcast emotional scenes of the funerals of the dead soldiers, while newspaper headlines have urged the government to move into Iraq.

by Fran on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 12:01:15 AM EST
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And in an exercise in cluelessness:

Turkey Authorizes Troops to Enter Iraq to Fight Rebels - New York Times

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Sean McCormack, a State Department spokesman, said the United States had encouraged Turkish officials to work together with the Iraqi government.

"In our view, it is not going to lead to a long-term, durable solution to have significant incursions from Turkey into Iraq," he said at a news briefing in Washington.

But Iraq's government has little authority in the region, which is controlled exclusively by Kurds, and an accord reached by Iraq's interior minister and senior Turkish officials last month did not include permission for military operations, a formulation that frustrated Turkey.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:11:59 AM EST
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by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:28:14 AM EST
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