It was predictable that our invading Iraq could lead to military clashes between Turkey and the people of Kurdish Northern Iraq. It was predictable because it was predicted. To some, then, the latest flare up of fighting in the long simmering hostilities on the Turkish Iraqi border comes as anything but a surprise. To some, in fact, it qualifies as an inevitability.
According to all reports from Kurds themselves the yearning for the establishment and recognition in their homelands of an independent Kurdish nation is an undying dream. Greater Kurdistan once was and must again be. Kurds are duty bound to live, and fight, and die for this goal and exactly this struggle is going on in parts of what are now Iraq, Turkey, and Iran.
The Turkish military said Saturday it attacked 50 to 60 Kurdish rebels inside Iraqi territory, inflicting “significant losses” a day after the Turkish cabinet authorized a cross-border operation.
There were conflicting reports on whether Turkish troops had crossed into
Iraq for the attack.
Reuters, quoting a military official, said special forces went into Iraq and carried out an “intense intervention” against Kurdish rebels, though the action did not appear to be a long-awaited major operation by NATO” member
Turkey to destroy rebel bases.
The military official said around 100 troops were sent into northern Iraq to hit rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. The army also sent between four and six helicopters to bomb a camp used by the PKK.
The NTV news channel said the army used helicopters and artillery in a cross-border operation for the first time in many years. The military official said the special forces had returned to Turkish territory.
A senior U.S. military official told NBC News that the U.S. had seen no evidence of an Iraq incursion despite public claims coming out of Turkey.
“It appears there may have been some cross-border artillery,” attacks as there have been in the past, “but it doesn’t appear any Turkish forces crossed the border,” the official said, also questioning Turkish claims of “heavy casualties” against the PKK.
Military: Attack inside Iraqi borders
The Turkish military in a statement said the attack occurred “inside Iraqi borders,” southeast of the Turkish town of Cukurca in Hakkari province. Hakkari, where rebels are active, is in the southeast corner of Turkey and shares a border with Iran as well as Iraq. It was not clear from the statement whether the Turks fired from the Turkish or Iraqi side of the border.
The Kurds of Iran, fighting Iranians, are certainly said to be armed by the U.S., while there are denials that such is the case in Iraq. Obviously if Iraqi Kurds have not been armed by us they would be the only segment of the population there that we have not given weapons to. Also, it is beyond denial that all Kurds in the region share a common dream and make common cause. The actual truth, of course, is murky, and seems to be intended to remain such.
What we do know from recent reports, however, is that representatives of the Kurdish oil ministry are now in the U.S. conducting business negotiations with persons and entities that seem rightly to be able to labeled as BUSHCO. Oil business gets done by chosen persons in the current environment, and nothing gets in the way of that.
And yet the U.S. government persists in assuring Turkey that we are allies of their’s in fighting the insurrection directed against Turkey from Iraq. The funny thing is, however, that we most likely really are helping both sides in this struggle because to do so insures further chaos in the region. Or what the oil industry labels as “geopolitical risk” when it is reaching for ways to justify increases in oil prices.
It seems as though we have oil guys at the top of our government, we help create geopolitical risk in various portions of “the oil patch”, oil prices and profits are at record levels, and that’s just the way life goes. And all wrapped in a package stamped with the BUSHCO trademark.