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Sunni Mosque Demolished. Turks Plan Buffer Zone inside Iraq
From a Saturday, June 16, 2007 entry on Informed Comment, Juan Cole's blog
Sunni Mosque Demolished
Turkey is considering setting up a narrow security zone inside Iraqi territory to stop Kurdish PKK rebels who have been given safe harbor in Iraqi Kurdistan from raiding into Turkish territory and killing and blowing things up. The United States has signalled its coolness to the bruited plan.
Turkish tensions with Iraq are affecting business and investor confidence and even having a global impact. Turkey is the world's 18th largest economy and among the few substantial Middle Eastern states with a prospect of being a fairly developed country any time soon (outside the tiny oil states of the Gulf).
5 more US troops have been announced killed in Iraq . A US F-16 fighter jet crashed for unknown reasons.
Shanty towns are mushrooming in Iraq , posing severe social problems.
posted by Juan @ 6/16/2007 06:15:00 AM