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Author Topic: KURDISH WAR: The Price  (Read 1676 times)


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« on: 1 July 2012, 11:00:11 »


June 26, 2012: The Turkish government has spent the last two months searching for a new political tactic to increase pressure on the PKK to disarm.

The government seems to have settled on using one that it has already been using, albeit more vigorously: Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). Turkish diplomats have begun talking as if they believe Iraqi Kurdistan will eventually become a separate nation. The talk understandably upsets the Iraqi government. While it delights many (though not all) Iraqi Kurds, the Turkish government is demanding a high price for this support. If Iraqi Kurdistan wants to be independent, it will have to get rid of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The code language is that Irbil (the city the KRG uses as its capital) must deal with Qandil (the Qandil Mountains, where the PKK holes up in northern Iraq). However this may play out, in the short term Turkey is driving another wedge between Iraqi Kurds and the PKK. Meanwhile, in Turkey itself, […]

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