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LauraK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:21 AM
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Turkish Kurd rebels should leave Iraq or face military action (US)
ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish Kurd rebels based in northern Iraq should either leave the region or face military attack, the US ambassador to Turkey said.

Ambassador Robert Pearson told the mass- circulation Hurriyet daily that the United States was determined to purge northern Iraq of militants from the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) -- now renamed KADEK -- which has used the area as a springboard for attacks on Turkey.

Both Washington and Ankara consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

"We want that no threat to Turkey from the PKK remains in Iraq," Pearson was quoted as saying Sunday.

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Resistance Is Futile Donating Member (693 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 04:34 AM
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1. Under the table diplomacy
Remember those Turkish SpecOps troops detained by the US in Northern Iraq a while back? An agreement to get rid of the PKK was likely the price of Turkey keeping out of northern Iraq. All of this is relatively above-board as the PKK isn't particularly well liked by much of anyone.
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aneerkoinos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 06:43 PM
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2. KADEK is not terrorist organization
(and neither was PKK). KADEK is not PKK, it has given up armed fight, and fights politically for democracy, human rights and womens rights in Turkey.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:27 PM
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3. How does one distinguish a Turkish Kurd rebel from any other Kurd?
They don't wear uniforms identifying who they are? Are we supposed to just walk up and ask them who they are with before we shoot them like a dog? This is all BS. I don't care what anyone says. This is just another way of screwing the Kurds again.

Don

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I AM SPARTACUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:31 PM
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4. the US Occupation will use UN forensic specialists to distinguish
the dead "rebel" Kurds from the dead "good-guy" Kurds...
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:35 PM
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5. You got it. Kill them all and let gawd sort them out later. Yup. n/t
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I AM SPARTACUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:49 PM
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6. well, that saying sounds good to chickenhawks...
but having been around the results, I can assure ya that it ain't Gawd that sorts it out...

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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:58 PM
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7. I hope you realize I was being factitious?
The Turks just want the Kurds screwed as usual. And Bush will do it too. Probably in exchange for getting some troops from them to help out in Bush's oil war.

Don

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I AM SPARTACUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 08:04 PM
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8. don't worry, I know your posts...you and I are in complete accord
Edited on Sun Jul-20-03 08:05 PM by I AM SPARTACUS
...and I don't 'member you being a chickenhawk.

...BTW, it looks like the UN has pulled most or all of its international staff out of the Mosul-Kirkuk areas...routine due to security (maybe) or prelude (maybe)...???


http://www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/480fa8736b88bbc3c125...
Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
Date: 18 Jul 2003
WFP Emergency Report No. 29 of 2003
1) Iraq
(a) The security situation remains very volatile, with kidnapping, hi-jacking, looting, sabotage, night shooting and criminal activity on the increase. WFP's office in Mosul was attacked with a grenade on 14 July, and international staff in Mosul and Kirkuk have been re-located to Erbil. This week, UN International staff were advised to be particularly vigilant as the period between 14 and 17 July marked two historical events
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 08:08 PM
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9. I know the Kurds will get slaughtered before this is all over with
Its almost like that is their duty or something. Why they keep falling for it though I will never know? Unbelievable.

Don

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I AM SPARTACUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 08:16 PM
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10. like a few other peoples around the world, the Kurds are caught...
between Iraq and a hard place...puns aside, what're they gonna do? be another people driven by Diaspora?

Fought alongside their "Liberators", then sold down the river for a profit, stabbed in the back, buried in the desert...

I'm just guessing, but I reckon that only a few Kurds ever believed the BushCo dog-and-pony show about possible recognition of a Kurdish homeland, be it province or nation...
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