Early in the week of October 22nd, Turkey began shelling Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in the north of Iraq following alleged incursions by the PKK into Turkey. NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer emitted a short denunciation of the activities of the PKK against Turkey. In his statement, made Tuesday Oct. 23, we see the looming policy gaps which are the consequence of the Iraq war. Up until now, the northern part of Iraq had been relatively peaceful and stable. PKK actions and Turkish reactions, which had been until the last few months quite restrained in view of t...
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