Friday, February 22, 2008

Turkey invades Iraq

"Turkey's military said the land offensive - the first major incursion in a decade - had fighter aircraft in support, and Turkish television reported that 10,000 troops had entered Iraq."

"Thousands of Turkish troops have crossed into northern Iraq and thousands more are at the border ready to join them in their hunt for Kurdish PKK guerrillas, a senior military source said today."

"Turkish media said troops, backed by warplanes and Cobra attack helicopters, had moved six miles inside Iraq. Television footage showed dozens of tanks moving at high speed along the Iraqi-Turkish border."

"Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on his Turkish counterpart last night to respect Iraq's borders after renewed shelling. President Jalal Talabani accepted an invitation from Turkish President Abdullah Gul to visit Turkey.

Iraq has repeatedly called for a diplomatic solution to the PKK problem but Turkey's government is under domestic pressure to take military action against the rebels.

Turkey's military said the PKK was the target of the ground offensive and vowed to act with restraint towards local groups.

"Turkish troops will stay in the region as long as the conditions dictate this. It will be very difficult for the PKK to re-base itself in northern Iraq," Turkey's former counter-terrorism chief, retired General Edip Baser, told NTV."

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This looks like an extension of Turkey's campaign of genocide against the Kurds. People should know by now that invasions justified by 'terrorism' are largely bullshit. The Kurdish independence enjoyed in northern Iraq is too much of a signal of freedom for the Kurds of eastern Turkey, so the Turkish government wants to destroy them. And the U.S. government is going to allow it, which will no doubt tell the leaders of Kurdistan what side of the bread the U.S. is really buttered on.

About the labeling of the PKK a terrorist group by the EU... Abdullah Ă–calan, the PKK leader, was for a time protected by the Italian government before his capture, on the basis of both questions about the legitimacy of the Kurdish struggle for independence and of the treatment and punishment that he would receive if he was returned to Turkey.

We support an independently run Kurdistan in Iraq, which was ruled by an enemy, but when the Kurds of eastern Turkey, an ally, want independence they're labeled as terrorists and their struggle is seen as invalid.

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