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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:49 PM
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Kurdish rebel killed in clash with Turkish troops
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L07168558.htm

TUNCELI, Turkey, Oct 7 (Reuters) - At least one Kurdish rebel fighter has been killed and three Turkish soldiers wounded in clashes in southeastern Turkey, security officials said on Tuesday.

The fighting, which began late on Monday and continued on Tuesday, coincided with a decision by the Turkish parliament to back the dispatch of peacekeepers to neighbouring Iraq as requested by Ankara's close ally the United States.

NATO member Turkey is hoping that sending troops to help in Iraq will encourage the United States to crack down on the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), also known as KADEK, which is based mainly in camps in northern Iraq.

The PKK launched a bloody struggle for an ethnic homeland in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast in 1984 and more than 30,000 people, mainly Kurds, have died in the conflict.

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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:51 PM
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1. You know this was going to be trouble
No way in hell does Turkey want the Kurds to have some sort of autonomy or a major role in Iraqi government, as it would effect the repression of their own Kurdish population.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:56 PM
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3. They won't have control of any oil either. It all belongs to Junior n/t
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:55 PM
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2. This is not good
:-(
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:59 PM
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4. So it begins
The US-assisted final solution to the Kurd problem.

Turkey, US agree on "action plan" to purge N.Iraq of Kurdish rebels
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/2003...

Turks, U.S. Agree Plan to Tackle Kurd Rebels
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=354626...

Turkey's Cabinet Approves Troops for Iraq
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-tur...
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karlschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:00 PM
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5. Gosh, lemme think now...who encouraged Turkey get its military
involved...hmmm.

Wonder if the Kurds are stocked up on rose petals...
:grr:
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:02 PM
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6. "Helicopter gunships"
"...the military was using helicopter gunships to track down the rebels in the latest battle."

I wonder just what kind of helicopter gunships Turkey is using.
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