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    Barzani advisor claims Turkish forces already in Northern Iraq

    Hürriyet Haber
    03.08.2006 - 13:56 | Son Güncelleme:

    An advisor for Kurdish Iraqi leader Mesud Barzani has accused Turkey of sending special forces into Northern Iraq's Kandil Mountain region, a region that Turkey has said repeatedly is home to PKK training camps.

    Fuad Huseyin asserted yesterday "We have some information, and there has been activity in the border area. We know that some Turkish soldiers have entered villages near Zaho." Huseyin said that Turkey was preparing for a wide-spread operation, noting "Over the past 3 weeks, there has a been a large build-up of Turkish soldiers along their border. This is very clear." Huseyin also asserted that the new Baghdad administration was considering what to do in the event of a Turkish incursion into Northern Iraq.

    "Those who know Kurdish-US relations should be realistic"
    Huseyin noted too that the US administration would not be in support of any Turkish operation in Northern Iraq, recalling the close links between the Kurdish leadership and Washington, DC. He said "Those who know the relation between the US and the Kurds should be more realistic."

    Kurdish government minister Muhammed Ihsan commented on the accusations of Turkish preparation for a military operation against the PKK, saying "The center of PKK activity is inside Turkey's own borders. The Turkish government should solve the problems in its own country, and not make any incursions over our borders."

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