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Turkey Bombs Kurds in Iraq

Posted on Dec 16, 2007

Turkey has dramatically ramped up its cross-border campaign against Kurds in Iraq with an airstrike involving as many as 50 warplanes. The Turkish military says the assault was aimed at Kurdish rebels seeking refuge in Iraq and not “people living in northern Iraq or local groups not engaged in enemy activity.”


Turkish warplanes have bombed suspected Kurdish rebel bases deep inside northern Iraq—in what appears the first time fighter jets have been used.

They targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in areas near the border, officials said. The Turkish media said up to 50 planes were used.

Iraqi officials say bombs hit 10 villages, killing one woman, while the PKK reported seven deaths.

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By PatrickHenry, December 18, 2007 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

re: #120947 by cyrena

I lived in Adana, Turkey for 2 years in my teenage youth, a beautiful place steeped in history. 

Even in 1967 and 1968 they were not keen to U.S. politics even then. 

The Turks have a right to punitive action against the Kurds as the Israelis do when their border guards and citizens are attacked from accross the border.  Once the attack is over, neutral observers should be allowed in and diplomacy attempted.

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By cyrena, December 18, 2007 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

#120824 by PatrickHenry

Well, I hear ya on that PH. But, since you said that Turkey could have all of Iraq, I guess that means you’ve released the title and your lien.

Probably just as well, since I don’t think you’re gonna collect much on that. I haven’t been able to collect any of what I paid them (the US treasury) for well over 30 years, but if I get successful at that, then I’ll see if the same thing might help you collect Iraq for your kids.

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By Double-Blind, December 18, 2007 at 2:50 am Link to this comment
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I’m sorry but many of you have no idea what this news item is about. It is not about giving Iraq to Turkey; it is not about Turkey invading Iraq; it is not about the US fighting Turkey, or any of that.

It is about the 40,000 Kurd and non-Kurd Turks that have died in Turkey since the PKK escalated its violence.

How many died on 9/11 in the US? How did the nation respond? And how can you expect Turks not to have any response to the deaths 40,000? We’re not talking ten, fifty, or a hundred years ago; it’s going on right now. Many of you are disgusted by the loss of Iraqi, British and American lives. So am I. How about other nationalities? Is it OK for 40,000 Turks to die? (I can’t wait for some of the answers to this!) Is it so surprising that there is a military response to such a thing?

Turkey is not invading Iraq; it is doing a very-small-scale version of what the US has done in order to protect itself, except that when someone attacks Turkey from Iraq, Turkey doesn’t turn around an attack someplace in, say, Italy. It goes after the actual people that attacked, and does so after many warnings and calls to end terrorist attacks.

The issue is much more complicated, but I’m sure I’ve given people on every side of every issue enough material to hate me for quite some time.

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By PatrickHenry, December 17, 2007 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

re: #120693 by cyrena

Actually some of it is, I have a lien on it for my childrens future taxes and my own tax dollars spent there.

I agree with you about the asset seizure, however, this is a country founded on law,  pending outcome of an investigation by a new congress after the general election, the assets should be frozen.

A public investigation televised prime time, HBO in HD from JFK on to 911 to Iraq, the same characters play in all those events interconnected.  If we chip away long enough the truth will come out and penalties can be decided.

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By cyrena, December 17, 2007 at 3:38 am Link to this comment

#120632 by PatrickHenry on 12/16 at 5:13 pm

“..Turkey can have all of Iraq as far as I’m concerned.”..

But, Iraq isn’t really yours to give to Turkey or anybody else, now is it? 

But, since we’re in that mentality, I think we should take ALL of Cheney’s money, All of Georgies money, and ALL the monies of Halliburton, Bechtel, Exxon-Mobile, BP, Royal Dutch, Chevron, The Carlye Group, and Wall Street’s top dudes, and give it all back to Iraq and the taxpayers.

Now that IS ours to take and distribute however we see fit.

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By Rex Chapman, December 16, 2007 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment
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Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr declared a Cease fire in late summer (around August 29th) so the surge really has not reduced attacks on US troops, Moqtada’s cease fire has. He is in control not us, he is consolidating power why don’t the Democrats talk about this instead of saying the surge has worked here is more money Mr. Bush.

And now Turkey is stepping up attacks in the north? UK has left the south with our troops in the middle. We need our troops out NOW! And they need to take the crooked contractors with them otherwise the troops will be back for a 4th 5th and 6th time, suicide rates are at a 26 year high for the troops, drug use is up, divorce, domestic violence and we give into Bush? He should be impeached for about a half dozen High crimes, but not even Hillary will commit to pulling the troops out! What’s going on in this country? No wonder Ron Paul gets more money from the troops, come Democrats fight this president and STOP THIS OCCUPATION!

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By PatrickHenry, December 16, 2007 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

Turkey can have all of Iraq as far as I’m concerned.

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By Thomas Billis, December 16, 2007 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

I may be wrong here but isn’t part of our “heroic” mission in Iraq to guarantee border sovereignty.So if Turkish airplanes enter Iraqi airspace is it not our responsibility to repel the invaders.Ah if George Bush could tell which is his arm and which is his ass the last 7 years would have accomplished something.Pretty soon we will be at war with our NATO allies.George Orwell should have lived until now .He would be so proud of GWB entering into perpetual war to make the most basic premise of his vision in the masterpiece he wrote 1984 come true.

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