Turkish officials signaled Tuesday they are prepared to send the army into northern Iraq if U.S. and Iraqi forces do not take steps to combat Turkish Kurdish guerrillas there _ a move that could put Turkey on a collision course with the United States.
Turkey is facing increasing domestic pressure to act after 15 soldiers, police and guards were killed fighting the guerrillas in southeastern Turkey in the past week.
Where’s the coverage on this?
American officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, have repeatedly warned Turkey against entering northern Iraq, one of the few stable areas of the country.
U.S. Ambassador Ross Wilson said Turkish, Iraqi and U.S. cooperation is a “more sensible way to go forward than perhaps to … try to do it unilaterally.”
Cut the irony with a knife!
Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan regional government in northern Iraq, appeared to be addressing Turkish concerns when he said Tuesday that Iraqi Kurds “won’t allow anyone to harm our neighbors by using our territory.”
My take: Turkey has the same rights as Israel.