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  •  Radicalism 101 (2+ / 0-)
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    fou, dyrrachium

    Plus, you'd assume that sort of action, even if only targetting PKK fighters, would inflame certainly Iraqi Kurds, but Turkish Kurds as well, even those who are not really in the PKK camp.

    This would be the most massive mistake that Turkey could make.  It would sink their EU bid, and cause major problems with NATO.  However, they can't let the PKK attack them with impunity; their government would fall (at the very least).

    However, the peshmerga are 'way not blameless; there's a faction who wants the war with Turkey in order to reclaim the land and population.  And a war over Kirkuk to secure the oil revenue.

    There aren't any good solutions here, especially not ones imposed from the outside.

    1/31/07: Mooninites: The most overblown case of prosecution for littering since Alice's Restaurant.

    by FlyingToaster on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 12:42:19 PM PDT

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    •  Please forgive my ignorance, but is Kirkuk (2+ / 0-)
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      jhritz, dyrrachium

      the oil-rich region of Iraq?  If so, how much of it lies in Kurdistan?

      Thanks in advance.

      Son, you're makin' the same mistake with Iraq that I did with your mother. I didn't pull out in time.

      by fou on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 01:50:10 PM PDT

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      •  Kirkuk, northern Iraq, right inside the border (3+ / 0-)
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        bronte17, fou, dyrrachium

        of Iraqi Kurdistan, in front of the Zagros Mountains, which is what most of Iraqi Kurdistan is.

        The richest field in Iraq sits under Kirkuk, as do historical monuments, such as the purported tomb of Daniel (lion's den fame) -- there's another tomb, however, in Susa, in Iran.

        The field is massive.  It is the source of the dispute.  The other Kurdish cities are not under the same cloud.

        That's why they're doing so well.

        Also, three ethnic groups claim Kirkuk is their historical home city (the Kurds, the Turkmen and the Tikriti Arab tribe - Saddam Hussein's family, no less).

        Kurds have the better claim, they've occupied it for thousands of years.  However, the Turks don't want them to have all that oil either, so their is pressure to make a deal.

        More is on the diary, look for the headings Kirkuk and Oil.

        Have you read the UN's Climate Change Roadmap yet?

        by jhritz on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 01:56:34 PM PDT

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