Turkish Troops Head Toward Iraq
Turkey has begun massing troops for what seems an inevitable march toward war with the PKK rebels in northern Iraq.
Dozens of Turkish military vehicles loaded with soldiers and heavy weapons rumbled toward the Iraq border on Monday after an ambush by guerrilla Kurds that left eight soldiers missing and killed 12.
Iraq’s president said the rebels would announce a cease-fire later in the day. Turkey’s government, which has rejected similar announcements in the past, said the country will pursue diplomacy before it sends troops across the rugged frontier.
In Washington, the State Department said the United States has opened a diplomatic “full court press” to urge Turkey not to invade northern Iraq. “In our view, there are better ways to deal with this issue,” spokesman Sean McCormack said, stressing that the United States regards the the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its Kurdish acronym PKK, as a terrorist organization.
But isn’t U.S. policy on attacks by terrorist organizations that the best course is a fast resort to overwhelming military power? That we don’t negotiate with terrorists?