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Turkish Claws on Northern Iraq
Hurriyet ^ | 8/8/2002 | N/A

Posted on 08/07/2002 5:09:45 PM PDT by a_Turk

The countdown is on for the US attack on Iraq. Turkey has taken position in Northern Iraq in a blitz.

As concerns of an imminent US attack on Iraq grow day by day, Turkey has secured the Critical Bamerni airport in Northern Iraq.

Operational

Turkey has sent heavy machinery and electronic support equipment to the airport along with military and civil personnel who have made the airport available for military use in short order. Ankara, thereby, made it impossible for any other to strategically control the oil rich regions of Mosul and Kirkuk. Turkey has, additionally, established a umber of security checkpoints in northern Iraq.

Talabani explains

This surprize development was reported by PUK leader Celal Talabani, who had been in Ankara on 8/7.

Reports of 5000 Soldiers

The security apparatus inside Iraq was expanded to include a number of forward bases. According to unofficial sources, Turkey has about 5000 soldiers in the region.

Another unofficial report suggests that there are a few Americans who come and go to the Airport.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iraq; kurds; turkey
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1 posted on 08/07/2002 5:09:45 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: Shermy; Nogbad; Turk2; LJLucido; He Rides A White Horse; Fiddlstix; Torie; MHGinTN; ...
ping!
2 posted on 08/07/2002 5:10:16 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk
Pawn takes center field.

Must be coming quicker than I thought.

3 posted on 08/07/2002 5:12:19 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: a_Turk
I just hope that we haven't waited too long. A guy on FOX this morning said that it would take at least another 30-60 days to lauch an offensive. Meanwhile it seems as though Iraq could draw first blood sooner then that.
4 posted on 08/07/2002 5:12:38 PM PDT by Mixer
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To: a_Turk; Dark Wing
I thought the Turks usually had more troops inside Iraq's 1990 borders, watching the Kurds.
5 posted on 08/07/2002 5:13:54 PM PDT by Thud
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To: Mixer
"A guy on Fox" doesn't know about any possible secret deployments or troop movements. He knows no more than FReepers. In fact, President Bush's Administration has done a hell of a job so far. NO ONE knows ANYTHING. The Psy-Ops are working very well.
6 posted on 08/07/2002 5:16:44 PM PDT by SunStar
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To: a_Turk
Looks interesting. How reliable is this information?
7 posted on 08/07/2002 5:16:51 PM PDT by JamesWilson
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To: The KG9 Kid
Pawn takes center field.
The pawns are in Europe. This is the rook (sp?) baby!
8 posted on 08/07/2002 5:17:27 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk; weikel
"Good,everything is proceeding as planned...Soon Baghdad will be under my control...

"It is quite safe from Saddam's pitiful little band an Entire Legion of My Best Troops awaits them...."

9 posted on 08/07/2002 5:18:19 PM PDT by Senator_Palpatine
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To: SunStar
"A guy on Fox" doesn't know about any possible secret deployments or troop movements

Actually the guy was/is in the military I just don't recall who he was. It wasn't a reporter. I guess I shpuld have stated that.

10 posted on 08/07/2002 5:19:35 PM PDT by Mixer
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To: a_Turk
God bless our Turkish allies.
11 posted on 08/07/2002 5:21:37 PM PDT by tomahawk
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To: a_Turk
This may be very interesting. Are Turkish troups generally in this part of Iraq with its permission and knowledge?
12 posted on 08/07/2002 5:23:23 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: a_Turk
The pawns are in Europe. This is the rook (sp?) baby!

Are you sure they are OUR European pawns? Saddam keeps moving them around.
13 posted on 08/07/2002 5:24:37 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: a_Turk
The pawns are in Europe. This is the rook (sp?) baby!

Great line.

Can you explain how trustwothy this information is? If it is true, the baloon is already half-way up and nobody know it.

14 posted on 08/07/2002 5:24:49 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: Bahbah
Knowledge yes, permission no. Permission to take over their airport? Definitely no.
15 posted on 08/07/2002 5:26:05 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Balloon, dummy, balloon, dummy, balloon, dummy!!!
16 posted on 08/07/2002 5:28:50 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: Bahbah
Are Turkish troups generally in this part of Iraq with its permission and knowledge?

Turkey has been operating in this region for 10 years with the full knowledge of Iraq, but not their permission. This region has effectively become non-Iraqi territory.

17 posted on 08/07/2002 5:29:29 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: BOBTHENAILER; JamesWilson
Can you explain how trustwothy this information is?
Out of the mouth of the leader of the PUK (Patrioty Union of Kurdistan), which is one of the clans in northern Iraq.

Turkey has the gonads to do this on it's own, so don't assume this is a Bush thing. Seems we're securing our interests ahead of your campaign.
18 posted on 08/07/2002 5:29:39 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: BOBTHENAILER
If it is true, the baloon is already half-way up and nobody know It.

I kind of expect it to happen that way. I wonder if all the fuss about SA is a sophisticated version of:

"You see this?"

(Raises fist and then kicks opponent in the boxers.)

"You've got to watch out for that."

a.cricket

19 posted on 08/07/2002 5:33:57 PM PDT by another cricket
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To: a_Turk
"Ankara, thereby, made it impossible for any other to strategically control the oil rich regions of Mosul and Kirkuk."

Hmmm...goes in line with the Kurd/Turkoman autonomous zone ideas, no?

20 posted on 08/07/2002 5:36:40 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: a_Turk
A plan which gives northern Iraq to Turkey (it won't be characterized quite that bluntly) will go a long way toward solving some Turkish strategic goals, and the US should have no objection to that.

Deals are being made, only this time they are being made before the war, not at its conclusion.

21 posted on 08/07/2002 5:39:18 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Shermy
Kurd/Turkoman autonomous zone
An ounce of prevention..
22 posted on 08/07/2002 5:43:20 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk
Good for them. If Saddam is going to fall, Turkey might as well take back some of what used to be theirs.
23 posted on 08/07/2002 5:43:40 PM PDT by Ford Fairlane
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To: The KG9 Kid
Must be coming quicker than I thought.

Expect an "October Surprise".
24 posted on 08/07/2002 5:44:21 PM PDT by BJClinton
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To: SunStar
Could be the first war that was won while the President was "on vacation!" Remember, he only promised not to attack in October..... ROTFLOL!
25 posted on 08/07/2002 5:44:41 PM PDT by SubMareener
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To: a_Turk
I hope Turkey gets to OWN Iraq, as much as it wants. Let Arabia and Iran tremble in fear at the very name. I tire of my nation having to deal with extremists.
26 posted on 08/07/2002 5:44:55 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: a_Turk
Where is it written that we couldn't have arranged the Turks to go on ahead of us: Turkish land operations in the north, American air operations all over, American land operations in the south to come later.
27 posted on 08/07/2002 5:46:39 PM PDT by Petronski
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To: Dog Gone
I hope Turkey gets the oil to boot.
28 posted on 08/07/2002 5:47:32 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: a_Turk
The game begins...
29 posted on 08/07/2002 5:48:11 PM PDT by Arioch7
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To: The KG9 Kid
Yup, pawn to queen's bishop 4.

Slurp!

30 posted on 08/07/2002 5:48:12 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: a_Turk
LOL! Well said.
31 posted on 08/07/2002 5:50:08 PM PDT by Arioch7
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To: Senator_Palpatine
The Force is with us.
32 posted on 08/07/2002 5:51:30 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
I tire of my nation having to deal with extremists.
Don't forget to eat your wheaties then... There's a long road ahead. Couple of decades at least..
33 posted on 08/07/2002 5:52:02 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk
Was there ever a doubt that Turkey would be "with us"?

I don't think so...
34 posted on 08/07/2002 5:52:13 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: Mixer
Iraq could try to strike first but who will they go after?

Israelis? Jordanians? Syrians? Turks with American equipment and advisors? Kuwait with all of the personnel we have there and offshore? Saudis?

All Iraq is going to be able to do is lay there and take it....when "we" decide to dish it out.

35 posted on 08/07/2002 5:52:15 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: a_Turk
Good News. Keep us posted Turk and stay safe.
36 posted on 08/07/2002 5:52:34 PM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: a_Turk
Interesting.
Thanks.
37 posted on 08/07/2002 5:53:24 PM PDT by sistergoldenhair
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
I hope Turkey gets to OWN Iraq, as much as it wants. Let Arabia and Iran tremble in fear at the very name.

Oh, jeez, what a thought! God, we'd hear *ssholes slamming shut all the way to Aswan......wow, talk about playing a card! I stand corrected -- you're right, that's the rook, baby!! Didn't know it could do that, didja, Saddam?!! -- LOL!

38 posted on 08/07/2002 5:53:53 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: a_Turk
Thanks for the post.

Is this your own translation?

When did this news first appear?

39 posted on 08/07/2002 6:11:30 PM PDT by withteeth
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To: VaBthang4
This time we will finish the job too. Saddam must be "removed" from Iraq.
40 posted on 08/07/2002 6:14:00 PM PDT by Mixer
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To: withteeth
Is this your own translation?
Yup.
When did this news first appear?
Tomorrows paper in Turkey (where it's tomorrow now..) The news broke on 8/7.
41 posted on 08/07/2002 6:14:09 PM PDT by a_Turk
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To: a_Turk
Turkey has the gonads to do this on it's own, so don't assume this is a Bush thing. Seems we're securing our interests ahead of your campaign.

Good for you, as securing your interests is not exclusive to us securing ours. Probably one and the same.

America is well aware of Turkey's ferocity when it chooses to fight. It was acknowledged by a Marine General in the Korean war, whose name escapes me now, and will probably be acknowledged by Iraqi's in generations to come..

42 posted on 08/07/2002 6:15:19 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: a_Turk
Thanks for posting and translating that.
I'm really starting to like Turkey!

We'll be in to help as soon as congress finishes debating it.
43 posted on 08/07/2002 6:22:30 PM PDT by Rev. Lou Chenary
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To: Senator_Palpatine
"It is quite safe from Saddam's pitiful little band an Entire Legion of My Best Troops awaits them...."

Those your troops Senator? They appear very capable.

I don't think Saddam's pitiful little band will come into harm's way, however. Their style is to wait and get annhilated, rolled up and rolled over.

44 posted on 08/07/2002 6:23:15 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: another cricket
"You've got to watch out for that."

Prince Faisal is the one who REALLY has to look out for that.

BTN

45 posted on 08/07/2002 6:25:16 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER
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To: a_Turk
Good move if true!
46 posted on 08/07/2002 6:28:41 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: a_Turk
I, for one, would be happy to see the Turks live-up to their ancient and well-earned reputations!
47 posted on 08/07/2002 6:30:02 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Grampa Dave; Dog Gone; Shermy; snopercod
ping!
48 posted on 08/07/2002 6:30:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: a_Turk
Good news. This meams that someone, somewhere, is actually thinking about what's likely to happen after Hussein "faw down go boom," and is doing something to prevent it.
49 posted on 08/07/2002 6:33:01 PM PDT by Mortimer Snavely
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To: a_Turk
Hmm, Maybe a year from now there will be no Iraq. Just an expanded Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait…

Who, us? We only "assisted"!

50 posted on 08/07/2002 6:34:18 PM PDT by elfman2
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