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Conflict or Cooperation? Ankara and Irbil in a Complex Relationship
Below is the executive summary of the newly released International Crisis Group entitled "Turkey and Iraqi Kurds: Conflict or Cooperation?"

At a time when rising Arab-Kurdish tensions again threaten Iraq’s stability, neighbouring Turkey has begun to cast a large shadow over Iraqi Kurdistan. It has been a study in contrasts: Turkish jets periodically bomb suspected hideouts of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK) in northern Iraq, and Ankara expresses alarm at the prospect of Kurdish independence, yet at the same time has significantly deepened its ties to the Iraqi Kurdish region. Both Turkey and Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG, a term Turkey studiously avoids) would be well served by keeping ultra-nationalism at bay and continuing to invest in a relationship that, though fragile and buffeted by the many uncertainties surrounding Iraq, has proved...
ON THE BRINK?
Media Review Gives Incomplete Picture But Good Sense of What Is Happening
Iraqis inspect the damage following air strikes by Turkish warplanes in Qandil, 16 December 2007.
Shwan Mohammad/AFP/Getty
Iraqis inspect the damage following air strikes by Turkish warplanes in Qandil, 16 December 2007.
A fury of reportage was launched by a KRG spokesman's announcement Tuesday that Turkish troops had crossed the border into northern Iraq.

The Turkish government has not yet confirmed any operations have followed the aerial...

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Iraqi Leaders Protest Lack of US Protection, But America Choosing Other Priority
Iraqis inspect the damage following air strikes by Turkish warplanes in Qandil, 16 December 2007.
Shwan Mohammad/AFP/Getty
Iraqis inspect the damage following air strikes by Turkish warplanes in Qandil, 16 December 2007.
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