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Turkey OKs Attacks on Kurds in Iraq

Posted on Oct 17, 2007
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The Turkish parliament has authorized military incursions into Iraq in order to track down rebels who, the Turkish government has long claimed, use Iraqi Kurdistan as sanctuary.


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the motion does not mean a military operation is imminent.

But he said Turkey needed to be able to respond to a recent rise in bomb attacks blamed on PKK rebels from Iraq.

Turkish MPs backed him overwhelmingly, by 507 votes to 19.

As the vote was being counted, US President George W Bush strongly urged Turkey, a key ally, not to carry out the threatened action.

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By Nihat, January 31, 2009 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
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This is just a exuce to mess up any thing the kurds have made ....from 1924 to 1991 banning the kurdish language and calling kurds “mountain turks “.saying kurds didn’t exist .killing and making non-violent protester or civil right activist disappear.killing between 500,000 to 1million kurds .destroying 4,000 village in search of pkk in 1994 .great fascist state od turkey .

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By great_satan, October 19, 2007 at 3:09 am Link to this comment

The timing of the Congressional condemnation is a little awkward, and I do think its a way of telling the Turks we don’t want them slaughtering a bunch of Kurds…condemning their upcoming actions before they commit them.
  I reeeaaallly don’t think that the Congressional condemnation is the cause, but a response. 
  Furthermore, the condemnation is upon the Ottoman’s if I’m not mistaken. Right? So, why would modern Turks get so upset, any more than the Germans would be upset over the condemnation of the Nazis.

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By Verne Arnold, October 18, 2007 at 3:40 am Link to this comment

As Mr. Fish so aptly said in his cartoon; Bush and Ahmadinejad are apparently birds of a feather…both holocaust deniers.  One (recently) refuses to use the word genocide when discussing 1.5 million Armenians killed.  Guess who?  Isn’t it amazing how we, Americans, use and manipulate the facts depending on which way the political wind blows?  If one ever needed clearer evidence of the duplicity of these fascistic monsters in charge of our government, I have no idea what it could be….this is straight out of the mouth of the Monster in Chief.

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By thomas billis, October 17, 2007 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment
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If the Turks think they have a shot at the northern Iraqi oil fields they will attack if they do not they will not.Oil oil oil oil is driving this and the mainstream media is ignoring it.It is the 800 lb gorilla in the room that even Alan Greenspan acknowledged.

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By voice of truth, October 17, 2007 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

I find it ridiculously irresponsible that the Dems in Congress, since they do not have the will or balls to confront the war head-on, are trying a back door that will do nothing but put our troops in more danger.  The only reason that Turkey is talking about this is because of Nancy Pelagic’s bill that complains about something that happened 100 years ago, 8,000 miles away.

Look, I don’t care if you support the war or not, but don’t screw the troops because you have no backbone or political will.

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By PatrickHenry, October 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

Let them go.  Let the Arab league take over the occupation and policing of one of their own.

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