Add confusion and anxious denial to the mix of tensions between Turkey and Iraq. The AP reports that “several thousand Turkish troops” pursued Kurdish guerrillas into northern Iraq; this according to a pair of anonymous Turkish security officials. Turkey’s foreign minister Abdullah Gul denied it and Iraqi foreign minister Hoshiyar Zebari said there had been no “incursion or military operation inside Iraqi territory.” Pentagon officials added their own non-confirmations of an incursion.
At this stage of the growing crisis regarding Turkey, their PPK foes, the Iraqi Kurds and their claims to an independent Kurdistan, even rumors can become dangerous flashpoints. We are very close to seeing a terrible development in Iraq.
In the meantime, expect George Bush to tell us again how much Iraq is like Korea.