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Kurds Ready Defenses For Arrival of Turks

Kurdish authorities are girding for a possible Turkish intervention in Iraq by deploying militiamen to key areas of northern Iraq and setting conditions for acceptance of any troops from Turkey in their region, Kurdish officials said today. The Turkish parliament’s rejection of a U.S. request to base troops on its territory, in a vote held Saturday in Ankara, has not eased concern that Turkish troops will seize the opportunity presented by a U.S.-led invasion to occupy northern Iraq, Kurdish leaders said. The Kurds fear that Turkey, by intervening militarily in northern Iraq, will seek to join the United States as an arbiter of the Kurds’ political future. Kurds have established an autonomous zone in northern Iraq under the protection of U.S. and British warplanes and have ruled themselves for more than a decade. Full Story

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