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Kurds Ask U.S. Not to Allow Turkish Military Inside Iraq

In a vote that exposed frustration over elements of the United States war plans, the Kurdish parliament in northern Iraq asked Washington today to prevent Turkish military forces from entering Iraq in the event of a war to oust Saddam Hussein. The Parliament’s unanimous vote, for a resolution demanding noninterference in Iraq from regional countries, formalized misgivings in the Kurdish zone about the Bush administration’s negotiations with Turkey to allow American troops to open a northern front against Iraq’s army. It was carefully timed, coming hours before Zalmay Khalilzad, President Bush’s special envoy, arrived in northern Iraq to meet with opposition leaders. Tensions between Turks and Kurds, already high, have escalated since Yasar Yakis, Turkey’s foreign minister, suggested recently that while on missions in Iraq, Turkish troops might attempt to disarm Iraq’s Kurds. Full Story

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