Turkish Prime Minister Warns of Incursion into Northern Iraq

24 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Turkish Prime Minister Warns of Incursion into Northern Iraq</h1><p>May 24 (LPAC)--Responding to an escalation of terrorist attacks, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a public warning that his government would, if requested by the Turkish Armed Forces, launch an incursion into northern Iraq to combat the separatist Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). The PKK is the main suspect for the May 22 suicide bombing in Ankara which killed six and injured over one hundred other people.</p><p>We will do everything that is necessary to ensure peace and security in our country, Erdogan was quoted by the Turkish daily <em>Milliyet</em> .</p><p>Shortly after Erdogan made this statement, a roadside mine exploded near the city of Sirnak in southeast Turkey, not far from the Iraqi border, killing six army officers and injuring nine others. Another Turkish soldier was killed in clashes with PKK militants in the neighboring province.</p><p>Also, on May 24 the Turkish police detained two suspects believed to have been planning suicide bombings, including a woman in the southern city of Adana in possession of 11.3 kg of plastic explosives, and a man the city of Maden</p><p>Turkey is one of the targets of a Sykes-Picot style plot aimed at destabilizing not only Turkey but the entire region. The separatist PKK, which has enjoyed decades of support by Anglo-French circles, are now operating with the protection of the local Kurdish regime in northern Iraq, which in turn enjoys the patronage of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. The PKK is committed to build its dream of a greater Kurdistan nation to be carved out of the ethnic Kurdish regions of Turkey, Syria and Iran. The same Kurdish networks are being deployed to penetrate into the Kurdish regions of Iran as part Cheney's policy of regime change in Iran. Similar operations have targeted the Kurdish region of Syria as well.</p><p>The Turkish daily <em>Hurriyet</em> reports that Turkey is making clear that it will act militarily in northern Iraq if the operation continues. Turkey's Ambassador to Iraq, Oguz Celikkol, and his special assistant Murat Ozcelik, as well as several top level military officials, will leave Turkey for Baghdad to forcefully express their concerns to the Iraqi government.</p></div></body>