Friday, June 1, 2007
Getting Out Of Dodge
A Turkish operation in Iraqi Kurdistan may or may not happen. Tensions are high on the border, but they've been high before and that didn't prevent everyone involved from walking things back from the brink. But as Henri Barkey points out in The National Interest, a number of political factors on the Turkish domestic scene are combining to pressure the government towards a hardening of their position vis à vis not only the PKK, but also the Kurdish Regional Government seen as harboring them.
Should Turkey decide to pursue the PKK into Iraqi territory, only one outcome would be worse than Turkish and Kurdish forces engaging in open battle. And that would be American forces getting caught in between them. Which might explain why Coalition Forces just handed over security responsibilities for the three Kurdish provinces in Northern Iraq to the Kurdish Regional Government.