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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:46 AM
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U.S. to take Turkey's side if it strikes Iraq MP
Source: Voice of Iraq

Arbil, Jul 16, (VOI) An Iraqi Kurdish lawmaker believes that if Turkey wages a military strike against Iraq, the United States will take the side of its friend Turkey at the expense of the Kurds.

"Turkey is a strategic and long-time ally of the United States and a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), while the Kurds have been allies of the U.S. for some time," Mahmoud Othman, a member of the Kurdistan Coalition (KC), the second largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament with 55 seats, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
He said, "Our experience as Kurds with the United States has been negative all along and that is why our fears and concerns are legitimate."

Othman, however, said current Turkish escalations on the mutual borders with Iraq have to do with the parliamentary elections in Turkey, scheduled be held in less than 10 days.
"The army and opposition secularist parties have their fears about the success of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his moderate Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP), and that is why they want to embarrass the Erdogan government by obtaining a decision on the invasion against the will of Erdogan's party, which makes up the majority in parliament," said Othman.

He said the Iraqi government has trade relations with Turkey worth billions of dollars and the Iraqi Kurdistan government controls about 300 km on the Turkish borders. Moreover, he said, the United States, which considers imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalana's Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to be a terrorist organization, does not wish to see Turkey launching a military operation, not to mention the opposition expressed by the European Union (EU).
He did not belittle the Turkish threats though.

Read more: http://66.111.34.180/look/english/article.tpl?IdLanguag...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:50 AM
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1. I just can't keep up; yesterday I read Turkey is the most anti-American
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:51 AM
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2. hearts and minds, hearts and minds
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:05 AM
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3. Looks like some people are starting to catch on...
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"Our experience as Kurds with the United States has been negative all along and that is why our fears and concerns are legitimate."
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:27 AM
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4. We already made the oil deal with the Turks.
We were nice to the Kurds for awhile.
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