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US government to annihilate Kurds, finally.

The United States government has now pledged to attack the Kurds of Northern Iraq in order to bribe the Turks into the iraq occupation, and to get rid of one of the last ethnic peoples on earth.
Report: U.S. Asks Turkey to Send Troops

Sunday July 20, 2003 10:59 PM


Associated Press Writer

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - The United States has asked Turkey to contribute soldiers to help patrol Iraq - a sign of improving relations following tensions over the war to oust Saddam Hussein, the Turkish prime minister said Sunday.

The U.S. ambassador to Turkey also said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the United States could use military force to oust an estimated 5,000 Turkish Kurdish rebels hiding in northern Iraq.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Anatolia news agency that Turkish troops, if deployed in Iraq, would help relieve U.S. troops there.

``The United States has requested soldiers from Turkey to send to the region,'' the agency quoted Erdogan as saying during a speech in the southeastern city of Batman.

Erdogan did not elaborate on the request, which apparently came during Friday talks with two top U.S. generals in the Turkish capital.

The Bush administration has recruited countries to help patrol Iraq. Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, among others, have agreed, but France, Germany and India have declined to participate in the postwar force.

Erdogan did not say whether Turkey agreed to send the soldiers, but officials previously have indicated the government was willing to contribute peacekeepers.

Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command, and Gen. James L. Jones, NATO's supreme allied commander and the head of U.S. forces in Europe, met Turkish generals Friday in a meeting viewed as an effort to restore relations damaged by the Iraq war.

Hurriyet newspaper reported Sunday that the generals discussed the possibility of Turkey dispatching up to 10,000 soldiers to Iraq. The military did not comment on the report.

Relations between the two NATO allies have been strained since March, when Turkey rejected a U.S. request to use its territory to open a northern front in the Iraq invasion.

Relations soured further when the United States detained 11 Turkish special forces in northern Iraq earlier this month to foil an alleged plot to assassinate an Iraqi Kurdish official.

Erdogan said the U.S. request for soldiers showed improving ties between the nations.

``Turkey is advancing its strategic partnership with the United States,'' he said.

Turkey's military said Saturday the parties have discussed possible military measures against an estimated 5,000 Turkish Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq. The statement did not elaborate.

Robert Pearson, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, told Hurriyet in an interview published Sunday that the United States would not allow the rebels to hide in northern Iraq and could use force to oust them.

``We don't want any threat against Turkey to remain in Iraq,'' Hurriyet quoted Pearson as saying.

``Either they surrender or face the alternative. The alternative is the use of military force.''

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is scheduled to travel to Washington next week for talks expected to center on Turkish troop contributions and cooperation against the rebels.

Turkey maintains several thousand troops in northern Iraq, which borders Turkey, to chase Kurdish rebels who fought a 15-year war for autonomy in southeastern Turkey and to monitor the situation in northern Iraq.

Those troops fall outside the scope of the U.S.-led mission.

Guardian Unlimited Guardian Newspapers Limited 2003
"in the southeastern city of Batman" 20.Jul.2003 15:57


Well, maybe he can straighten out this mess.

just great... 20.Jul.2003 15:59

this thing here

>The U.S. ambassador to Turkey also said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the United States could use military force to oust an estimated 5,000 Turkish Kurdish rebels hiding in northern Iraq.<

good luck idiots.

let's have yet another resistance movement in iraq, shall we? just for kicks. isn't that what we really need right now?

can we get a little more thoughtless in washington...

strange 20.Jul.2003 17:05


Strange. Nobody on this site would give the time of day to the Kurd's before the Iraq war and now they're on the radar screen. Interesting.

is that so? 20.Jul.2003 17:23


Anand, maybe you should actually look before making such an absurd statement. A search for the word "kurds" shows 276 hits, the overwhelming majority of which were before the war. As a long time activist against the Iraq sanctions I've been talking about issues surrounding the kurds for many years. Don't blindly accuse people of using the same techniques as the mainstream press, like concern over the Taliban and Kurds which was non-existent in the 80's while many of us tried to educate people. I still educate people to try to help them understand the history involved. Much of that history is posted here. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself.

funny too... 20.Jul.2003 20:30


that the Bush Family Circus and their cadre of dittoheads couldn't stop wailing about the poor Kurds before the war ... oh the humanity?!!! <sob> HE GASSED HIS OWN PEOPLE <sniff>

Now the brainless wonders can go back to vilifying the Kurds like they probably were when the US was helping Saddam gas them the first time.

about 10,000 words of text and links (in English) 21.Jul.2003 01:06

Marriana Rivera

Kurdistan Holds the WORLD: Help Them!
by Marriana Rivera Tuesday March 25, 2003 at 03:43 PM


It's all in English. There are links to further information.

As usual, keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.