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Analysis: Iraqi Kurds fear Turks' intent

Iraqi Kurds said Wednesday they are deeply troubled by Turkish intentions toward northern Iraq should, as widely expected, the United States launch a war to topple President Saddam Hussein. In Washington, a well-informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity to United Press International, said the Iraqi Kurds “are worried sick about the Turkish army moving into Iraqi Kurdistan.” “Turkey wants to send its troops into northern Iraq in case of a U.S. war against Saddam under the pretext of maintaining security and aborting any attempt to establish an independent Kurdish state,” Mahmud Osman, a respected Iraqi Kurdish figure, told United Press International in London. Months ago, Turkey said it had sent 5,000 troops into Iraqi Kurdistan and last Jan. 29 announced a build up along the frontier with northern Iraq. Some 20,000 troops are believed massed on the border, equipped with tanks and heavy artillery. Full Story

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