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Friday, September 28, 2007

Good News From Iraq (For Real)

clipped from
Turkey, Iraq Sign Counterterrorism Pact

ANKARA, Turkey
(Map, News)
Turkey and Iraq on Friday signed a counterterrorism pact aimed at cracking down on separatist Kurdish rebels who have been attacking Turkey from bases in Iraq.

The agreement, however, falls short of meeting Ankara's demand to send troops in pursuit of Kurdish rebels fleeing across the border into northern Iraq, Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay said. The deal, broadcast live on television, was signed by Iraq's Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani and Atalay.

Hopefully, this will lessen some of the tensions between the Kurds and Turkey. The PKK is one of the biggest problems in US-Turkey relations and, as one of our only allies in the region, it is important that we try and address their very real concerns about cross border terrorism.

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