Thursday, February 28, 2008

Turkey pushes into Iraq, again

Turkey is sending in more troops to fight Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorists in northern Iraq. Operation Sun is the latest effort by Turkey to take on the communist rebels.

The Kurdistan Regional Government and the Kurdish Democratic Party (the coalition party which runs northwestern Kurdistan) have protested the incursion but will most likely will do nothing beyond that. Kurdistan's Peshmerga fighters have moved in to keep the PKK from trying to retreat south. Any southern withdrawal would likely entice the Turks to move in deeper. Turkey says there is no timetable for withdrawal but the United States is pressing for one as soon as possible.

The fight has been hampered by the mountainous terrain and bad weather. Turkish commandoes are fighting in waste high snow and freezing cold temperatures. These conditions will likely deny Turkey the "crushing blow" they seek against their long time rival.

Terrorist and other groups in mere presence in Iraq create the risk of other incursions. The Islamic Communist cult People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) in the past killed major leaders of Iran and remain a target of Iran's wrath. Mahdi Army Special Groups and Hezbollah are active in Iraq. A big attack by either of them (though they attack Coalition forces daily) could cause Coalition forces to target Iran.

1 comment:

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Åland Islands
Albanians (in Macedonia)
Alsace
Aosta Valley
Aragon
Armenians
Aromanians
Asturias
Basque Country
Belarussians
Bosniacs
Brittany
Bulgarians
Cashoubs
Catalonia
Cimbres
Cornwall
Corsica
Crimea
Croats
Csángó
Czechs
Faroe Islands
Flanders
Frisia
Friuli
Gagauzia
Galicia
Hungarians
Ireland (North)
Karelia
Kurdistan
Ladins
Lorraine - Moselle
Low Germans
Ludians
Luxembourgers (in Belgium)
Man / Isle of Man
Mirandians
Moravia
Occitania
Pomaks
Prussia
Ruthenians
Sami (Lappland)
Sardinia
Savoy
Scania
Scotland
Serbs (Bosnian)
Seto
Silesia
Sorbs
South Tyrol
Swedes (in Finland)
Tatars
Transdniestr / Transnistria
Turks (at the Balkan)
Vepsia
Võro
Votes
Wales
Wallonia
Walser
Tibet
Abkhazia
Aboriginals of Australia
Acheh
Ahwazi
Assyria
Bashkortostan
Batwa
Bougainville
Buffalo River Dene Nation
Buryatia
Cabinda
Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
Chin
Chittagong Hill Tracts
Chuvash
Circassia
Cordillera
Crimean Tatars
East Turkestan
Greek Minority in Albania
Hmong
Hungarian Minority in Romania
Ingushetia
Inner Mongolia
Iranian Kurdistan
Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraqi Turkmen
Karenni State
Khmer Krom
Komi
Kumyk
Lakota Nation
Maasai
Maohi
Mapuche
Mari
Mon
Montagnards
Nagalim
Nahua Del Alto Balsas
Nuxalk
Ogoni
Oromo
Rehoboth Basters
Rusyn
Sanjak
Shan
Sindh
Somaliland
South Moluccas
Southern Azerbaijan
Southern Cameroons
Taiwan
Talysh
Tatarstan
Tsimshian
Tuva
Udmurt
Vhavenda
West Balochistan
West Papua
Zanzibar

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