Turkmen trouble causes anxiety in Ankara

Gorvett, Jon
November 2004
Middle East;Nov2004, Issue 350, p22
The article reports on the increasing concern over the power struggle between Iraq's ethnic groups and in particular those with historic links with Turkey. The operation, billed by the U.S. military as an attempt to wipe out anti-coalition insurgents infiltrating from nearby Syria, was widely seen in Turkey as confirmation of a long standing fear: That Iraqi Kurds are maneuvering to break off from Baghdad and set up their own independent state. The logic goes that a Kurdish state in such a place would act as a destabilising force amongst the large Kurdish population in Turkey, which traditionally lives in the border regions with Iraq and neighbouring Iran& mdash; although now also represents a sizeable minority in cities such as Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. .


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