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30 May 2007

*UPDATE* - Turkish Tanks Trundle Toward Iraq Border ...


All we want to say on this subject right now is that the following developments are not good news.

Not for any damned one.

Turkish army build-up fuels anxiety on Iraq border

By Daren Butler -- 1 hour, 2 minutes ago

GORUMLU, Turkey (Reuters)

Turkey sent more tanks to its border with Iraq on Wednesday in a military build-up that is fuelling U.S. concern about a possible incursion into northern Iraq against Kurdish rebels.

A group of 20 tanks loaded on trucks emerged from army barracks in Mardin near Syria and headed towards the Iraqi border in southeast Turkey, already the scene of a major army offensive against rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Speculation about an imminent incursion into Iraq has grown since Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said last week he saw eye to eye with the army over possible military action, despite unease in the United States, Turkey's NATO ally, about such a move.

Read the latest (worrying), relevant report from Reuters.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

After having invested untold billions of dollars/yeni lirasi in the GAP development program in SE Turkey/Anatolia and still having the PKK acting out, the Turks seem to be at the end of their tether.
Alternatively, they may just be "wagging the dog" for domestic political consumption.
Either way, these moves by Turkey are likely to throw more gasoline on an already very fetid fire.

9:47 pm  

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