The Corner

Turks enter northern Iraq?

The Associated Press is reporting that “several thousand” Turkish troops entered northern Iraq to chase PKK terrorists, although the reports are at present murky and disputed. The action comes three years after President Bush, at the 2004 NATO Summit in Istanbul, promised Prime Minister Erdogan that the U.S. would work to end the PKK presence in Iraqi Kurdistan, and after a particularly bloody month of PKK terrorist attacks in Turkey, including what may have been an assassination attempt against a high-level military official in Ankara.

At any rate, for background:

  • Soner Cagaptay has a good article about PKK ideology and its embrace of terrorism.
  • I have an analytical article about the “perfect storm” on the Iraqi-Turkish border, here.
  • And, if the incursion is happening, Secretary of Defense Casey and the CIA may have some explaining to do because of this.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.