BBC - Iraq has accused Iranian forces of entering Iraqi territory and shelling Kurdish rebel positions in the north.
Iranian troops bombed border areas near the town of Hajj Umran before crossing into Iraq, the defence ministry in Baghdad said on Sunday.
If Iran leaning groups were to instigate trouble in the Iraqi north among the Kurds would Turkey seek to become engaged?
Competing enthic, military, and political relationships mean that U.S. operations may serve to upturn and enflame the balance of ethnic and political power in the greater region. If the Sunni/Shiite divisions have manifest into the war with the insurgency in Iraq, consider that the overlapping and competing tensions throughout the Middle East could produce widespread suffering if further destablized. We need to do everything possible to stablize the area, and one way to do that is to remove U.S. troops to beyond the line of fire.
Turkey has a recent history of democracy compared to many other regimes in the area. The pressure to continue to develop along this path is coming from the EU, which maitains that Turkey adopt key measures before being able to join the Union. This is a significant prize and may be enough to prevent Turkey's engagement. It could make the difference in what could turn out to be a developing communal Middle East war; but given the level of international discord with the Iranian reqime, I don't see anything holding Iran back.