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Turkey and Iran shell the Kurds in Iraq


Nice neighborhood. The Guardian:

Turkey and Iran have dispatched tanks, artillery and thousands of troops to their frontiers with Iraq during the past few weeks in what appears to be a coordinated effort to disrupt the activities of Kurdish rebel bases.

Although fighting between Turkish security forces and PKK militants is nowhere near the scale of the 1980s and 90s - which accounted for the loss of more than 30,000 mostly Turkish Kurdish lives- at least 15 Turkish police officers have died in clashes. The PKK's sister party in Iran, the Kurdistan Free Life Party (Pejak), has stepped up activities against security targets in Kurdish regions. Yesterday, Kurdish media said eight Iranian troops were killed.

Well, fortunately one of Bush's many accomplishments is a strong central government in Iraq that can make sure that when the Kurds are federated, they stay federated. Oh, wait...

Frustrated by the reluctance of the US and the government in Baghdad to crack down on the PKK bases inside Iraq, Turkish generals have hinted they are considering a large-scale military operation across the border. They are said to be sharing intelligence about Kurdish rebel movements with their Iranian counterparts.

I don't think it's reluctance, I think it's incapacity--something called "strategic overstretch."

Heck, if we wanted to send more troops anywhere right now--as opposed to bombs--we'd be sending them to Lebanon. Instead, we let the French handle that.

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