Thursday, June 07, 2007

Turks Move Into Iraq -This Can't End Well...

The Greek Cypriots can tell you that the Turks have a poor reputation for actually leaving a country once their military has entered. Somehow the United States is always painted as "the evil superpower", yet we are always the one country that leaves (and gives more than our share in rebuilding cash)...

"Several thousand Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq early Wednesday to chase Kurdish guerrillas who attack Turkey from bases there, two Turkish security officials said. Turkey's foreign minister denied its troops had entered Iraq.
Two senior security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, characterized the action as a "hot pursuit" raid that was limited in scope. They told The Associated Press it did not constitute the kind of large incursion that Turkish leaders have been discussing in recent weeks as Turkish troops built up their force along the border.

One official said the troops went less than two miles inside Iraq and were still there in late afternoon. "It is a hot pursuit, not an incursion," one official said.

Another official said by telephone it was "not a major offensive and the number of troops is not in the tens of thousands." He also said the Turkish troops went into a remote, mountainous area." (source)

We have enough going on in Iraq without the Turks agitating things in the Kurdish North. I guess barring them from the EU for all these years because of their occupation of Greek land hasn't taught them a thing...

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