ANKARA, March 21, 2003
Turkey has agreed to allow U.S. aircraft to fly over its territory for a
war with Iraq, a Turkish military official said.
Two air corridors will be opened for the U.S. aircraft, the official
said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
The U.S. flights will begin immediately, a private Turkish television
station reported. A Turkish military official said two air corridors
will be opened for the U-S aircraft.
There was no confirmation at the State Department or by other U.S.
[But here's where it gets interesting--emphasis mine.]
Turkey had delayed opening its airspace to U.S. warplanes, insisting the
United States agree to its demands to move troops into northern Iraq.
Secretary of State Colin Powell chided Turkey for dragging its feet on
the issue, saying “we don’t see any need for any Turkish incursions into
It was not immediately known if the U.S. had granted Turkey this
Allowing Turkish troops in northern Iraq would bring them into conflict
with Kurdish guerillas there, reports CBS News Correspondent Allen
Pizzey. The Kurds say they would welcome U.S. troops, but Turks would
only be welcome if they were also under U.S. Control….”