TURKEY CONSIDERS ACTION IN IRAQ

(update note: On March 27 it is reported that Iraqi and Turkish authorities had direct meetings and Turkey was reassured that incursions would be stopped.)

RAW STORY Published: Thursday March 22, 2007 Turkey says that 3,800 Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) guerrillas are preparing for attacks in south-east Turkey, and that it is “ready to hit back if the Americans fail to act,” reports the Guardian Unlimited. Senior Bush administration officials, meanwhile, have assured Turkey that the US will step up efforts in Northern Iraq to root out PKK fighters.

Faruk Logoglu, a former Turkish ambassador to Washington, warned that military intervention by Turkey in the region could be “disastrous” in terms of destabilizing the region. Speaking about US support for Iranian Kurds opposed to the Tehran he added, “Once you begin to differentiate between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorist organisations, then you lose the war on terror.”

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