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U.S. Official Criticizes Iraqi Kurds

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posted on Apr, 22 2007 @ 07:45 AM
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U.S. Official Criticizes Iraqi Kurds


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A U.S. official, in a television interview aired Saturday, blamed Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq for raising tensions with neighboring Turkey recently.

David Satterfield, senior adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, told the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya that Iraqi Kurds are not doing enough to stop violence on Iraq's northern border with Turkey. He said the U.S. was mediating in talks between the Iraqis and Turks over the feud.

Earlier this month, Massoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, threatened that Iraq's Kurds would retaliate if Turkey persisted in "interfering" in Iraqi affairs, particularly regarding the oil-rich Kirkuk city. Ankara does not want to see Kirkuk under control of the Kurds, fearing that would strengthen them.

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posted on Apr, 22 2007 @ 07:45 AM
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A Turkish General hinted at a Turkish incursion across the Iraqi border last week, it must be getting very tense, will this end up a bloody mess like the rest of the country, or will cooler heads prevail. Here is a graphic from BBC to show you the area.


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posted on Apr, 22 2007 @ 07:54 AM
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Two more stories concerning the region this one discusses recent clashes with the PKK, and also restates the General's desire to cross into Iraq.


Turkish military announces killing of 18 Kurdish rebels

Turkish military announced in a statement on Saturday that it killed 18 militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) and captured six others in last week's operations against the PKK.

The statement released by The Turkish General Staff said that seven PKK members also surrendered to the Turkish security forces in the region.


This one tells of France sending a team of investigators to monitor the activities of the PKK:


France sends team to Turkey to probe PKK avtivities

France sent a team of experts this week to Turkey for talks with Turkish authorities about the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) activities, part of an ongoing investigation by France into the group.

The French team, consisting of judges, prosecutors and police officials, met with officials at the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's office on Wednesday to receive information on activities of the PKK and other terrorist groups, such as the Revolutionary People's Party/Front (DHKP/C).



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