"The Return of Turkey's Kurdish Problem
The U.S. might still be able to head off a Turkish attack on Iraqi's Kurds.
By Henri J. Barkey, HENRI J. BARKEY, chairman of the International Relations Department at Lehigh University, is a former member of the State Department's policy planning staff.
July 30, 2006
IF IRAN'S NUCLEAR ambitions, Iraq's low-level civil war and the Israeli-Hezbollah war were not enough, President Bush may face a new dilemma. The Turkish government has ordered its military to prepare for an attack on 3,000 Kurdistan Workers Party insurgents living in Kurdish-dominated northern Iraq. Although the incursion by Turkey, a U.S. ally of 50 years, would be mostly for show, it would severely embarrass the Bush administration. No wonder the president twice talked to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week."
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