The Iraqis propose an American tripwire along the Turk border
The Iraqis proposed positioning American soldiers in border forts in the Qandil Mountains, a jagged area that has never been fully under the control of any government. Although American military officials were part of the delegation taking part in the meetings, it was unclear what role, if any, the military might ultimately agree to.
Look, the PKK knows those mountains inside and out. A small scattering of US posts would have no effect on the small scale infiltrations the PKK are making. The only real purpose a token US presence would have is to act as a tripwire for a much larger, and much more heavily equipped Turkish force coming the other way.
What would a small US "border fort" do when a convoy of 50,000 Turks came rolling through the pass? It's so nice of the Iraqis to volunteer us to stand in the way.
Here's the reality,
Meanwhile, a senior American general in Iraq played down the chances of any new American military commitment in the conflict. The officer, Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, the top American commander in northern Iraq, said that he had no plans to order his troops to confront Kurdish rebels in the mountains.
The general, speaking to reporters in Washington over a video link from Iraq, was asked what American forces plan to do about fighters of the P.K.K.
“Absolutely nothing,” he responded.
The US military will do nothing. The Baghdad government can do nothing. The Kurdish government is offering the PKK protection and tacit support, and a Turkish operation, because of the terrain and Kurdish support on both sides of the border, would be nearly impossible.
(AFP) The threat of a Turkish military strike on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq grew Saturday after crisis talks with an Iraqi delegation failed to satisfy Ankara.
(Reuters) Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan took a swipe at western countries on Saturday for not helping Turkey fight the PKK, criticizing what he called an approach of "your terrorist is good, my terrorist is bad."
"We want to see our western friends by our side in our fight against terror," he told a conference in Istanbul. "Those who overlook terrorism are in cooperation with terrorism."
(Supposedly, (WaPo) the Turks have committed to hold off any cross border operations until PM Erdogan meets with Bush on Nov. 5, but what could Bush offer that is not already on the table?
And, I hadn't noticed that the special Turk/Kurd envoy Joseph Ralston had resigned his post "recently" out of frustration at a lack of support. I'd be very curious on the timing. Was it his resignation that ignited this?)