This is nothing new, and as some have pointed out Iranians are disrupting Iraqi sovereignty by engaging Kurd insurgents into Iraqi territory as well.
The Iraqi Parliament is still a fledgling government dealing multiple problems at the moment, and especially the rumblings coming out of the Sadr camp
about the prospect of a continued US military presence. With that, I find this to be a troubling matter. Why no one has spoken out about this is a
mystery? There is a lot of discussion about the plight of the Palestinians, but nothing about the Kurds who like the Palestinian are in pursuit of a
homeland and equal rights in their host countries.
Not everyone in the those Iraqi border villages are Kurdish terrorists, and what gives the right to Iran or Turkey to destroy their property, displace
their families, or partake in indiscriminate destruction? Pursuing alleged terrorists into another country, and destroying everything in sight is not
justification. A country has to have proof that the terrorists are there, and must request permission to engage in military operations.
Last I checked, Iraq is a sovereign nation, and as such, any foreign power wishing to conduct military operations within Iraq must get permission by
the government. These raids and strikes are done unilaterally without consent by the government. They are breaking international law, and have not
been taken to task about it by the UN, EU, or the US for that matter. This has been going on for years, and not a peep out of anyone? In these
airstrikes, artillery barrages, and land invasions civilians are being killed.
7 Civilians Reported Dead in
Turkish Airstrikes on PKK Hideouts
Kurdish officials say Turkish airstrikes aimed at Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq killed seven civilians on Sunday, in a fifth straight day of
cross-border strikes on suspected separatist hideouts.
I suppose according to Turkey and Iran, those who live along their borders in Iraq are aiding and abetting terrorists? It seems that may be the
marching orders of the Iranian and Turkish armed forces? With that, it gives them the right to invade airspace and territory at their beckoned call,
and without the consent of the government? I understand Turkey and Iran have lost many people as result of the PKK(Turkey) and the PJAK(Iran) military
and separatist campaign in both countries, but that does not give them the right pursue these individuals in other countries without expressed
authorization by their governments. Property is being destroyed, families are being displaced, and civilians are being killed.
If this continues, what is to stop Iraqi Kurdistan from separating from Iraq altogether as result of inaction by the Federal Government in Baghdad?
What is to stop a rebellion among the people against the Kurdish regional government, because of silence on their part? This could shape up to be a
very difficult matter if those with the power remain mute about these clear provocations against Iraqi/Kurd civilians and sovereignty. The public is
bound to grow weary and restless.