TURKEY: Between Iraq and a hard place

Gorvett, Jon
May 2003
Middle East;May2003, Issue 334, p36
The article focuses on the role of Turkey in the war between Iraq and the United States. Welcomed into office last November by a wave of approval that rippled from the financial markets to the city ghettos, Turkey's ruling party has since seen more than its fair share of slings and arrows. Deadlines on the Cyprus issue and Turkey's EU membership bid came up within a matter of weeks, with both requiring the application of great political and diplomatic skills. A second resolution, when it did come, simply gave the US an air corridor over Turkey, though that too was fraught with difficulties, as hard bargaining went on over how much the US would pay for the privilege, while US troops proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot by accidentally dropping two Tomahawk cruise missiles into a field near the Turkish city of Sanliurfa.


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