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Turk Cautions on Peril From Kurds

A senior Turkish Army officer said Monday that military leaders are considering basing peacekeeping troops they are sending to Iraq in the central or western part of the country. To get there, however, they would need to cross through the Kurdish north. The official, Gen. Ilker Basbug, deputy chief of staff of the Turkish Army, seemed to raise the possibility of a conflict between Turkish troops and Iraqi Kurds when he spoke at a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish capital, on Monday.”If there is a situation in which Kurdish groups in the region attack our convoys while crossing through northern Iraq, then the necessary response will be given,” he said. “It’s something that they need to think about.” The deployment of several thousand Turkish troops was approved last week by Turkey’s Parliament, and Turkish and American officials are working out the details. Full Story

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