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Bush Faces Turkish Pressure Over Iraqi Kurds

President Bush will be pressed by Turkish leaders on Sunday over their fears that Iraq’s Kurdish-dominated north might secede and fuel separatism among Kurds in southeast Turkey, diplomats said. Neighboring Iraq’s volatility was underlined on Saturday when Al Jazeera reported that suspected militants, accused by Washington of links to al Qaeda, had threatened to behead three Turks unless Turkish firms and contractors left within 72 hours. The threat, purportedly from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Jama’at al Tawhid and Jihad group which has claimed responsibility for beheading an American and a South Korean, is likely to be on the minds of Turkish leaders when they meet Bush. Bush, who arrived in Ankara on Saturday, will hold talks with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in the capital before flying to Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, for a NATO summit on Monday and Tuesday. Full Story

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