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WASHINGTON -- Turkey's top diplomat in Washington said Wednesday that American weaponry has been found in the hands of Iraq-based Kurdish fighters captured while sneaking across the border to carry out attacks against Turkish civilians and military forces.
Ambassador Nabi Sensoy said he does not believe the United States is supplying weapons directly to fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party, a group better known as the PKK that for years has fought for an independent Kurdistan within Turkey. The American weapons, Sensoy suggested, may be coming from supplies provided by the U.S. military to the Iraqi government.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
This is indeed a side effect of this war..
If you have happened to come across some of my threads on Kurdistan, I explain "why" the Kurds have US weapons (aside from black market)
Kurdistan guards all of North Eastern Iraq.. it is called South Kurdistan, the government receives large .. very large, sums of money and weapons from the United States...
We have no troops in Kurdistan, a few advisers and maybe a few SF doing their own thing, but absolutely NO troops. Kurdistan does that for us, and it turned out they are very good at what they do (build walls and segregate them selves from the fools in the South) .. We arm them, sure, and while they build universities and million dollar housing projects, the rest of Iraq is in turmoil.
Yeah Turkey, tough break but they may have just realized....
The Kurds are 150,000k + and armed with American military ingenuity.. invasion apparently is not looking so hot right now.
Yeah, but what's going to happen to "Kurdistan" after the inevitable American pullout?
It could be crushed if Iran and Turkey joined forces against it.
But who's to say this is not the plan. Let Turkey move south while our forces move east. That way, Iraq doesn't really fall to anyone we don't trust to be on our side, it has someone to prop up the puppets we helped put in power there, and our troops are free to fight in Iran.
And all it takes is some power in Iraq to invite Turkey to help, and after all, they would be fighting the "terrorist" that have been causing problems in Turkey
It's only an idea for why this might be happening, but it would be one way to free up troops for a war in Iran.
[...]Şensoy's remarks implying that Barzani is eyeing part of Turkey's territory reflects a deep concern in the Turkish state establishment that the Kurds, if they manage to have their own independent state in Iraq's north, would then seek expansion.[...]