Tuesday, August 22, 2006

August 22, 2006

Turkey can’t prevent founding of Kurdish state: Galbraith


The American advisor to Iraq’s Kurdish leaders said that Kurds in Turkey would choose a Turkey in the process of joining the European Union over other alternatives.

WASHINGTON - Ankara will not be able to prevent the founding of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq, a former senior US diplomat said late Monday.

Peter Galbraith, who is now serving as an advisor to Iraq’s Kurdish leaders, said that even Turkey was coming to the realisation that it could not stop the establishment of a Kurdish state on its borders. However, Gailbraith claimed that the traditional position of seeing an independent Kurdish state as major threat to Turkey was changing.

There was already a Kurdish state established in northern Iraq and that in time it would win its official independence, Galbraith said. The view is developing that the problem could not be solved by occupying northern Iraq, and that such a measure would lead to Turkey being thrown out of Europe and worsening its relations with the US, he said.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

August 18, 2006

Iran shelling Kurdish villages again


Friday August 18, 2006 Kurdishaspect.com - Iranian forces have started firing artillery shells at a camp of Kurdish rebels in Qandil area again, killing two civilians.

The shelling started around 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, reported Awene, the independent Kurdish newspaper from Sulaymania.

Many experts believe that Iran and Turkey’s attack on Iraq’s Kurdistan are primarily intended to destroy the achievements of Kurds in that region. Attacking militants from minority Kurdish groups from Iran and Turkey is an excuse to destroy the Kurdish de-facto government in Iraq.
There have been a number of previous claims by Iraqi officials that their neighbors have conducted cross-border attacks.