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Turkey’s offensive in Iraq; Huge implications for the region

Feb 25, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last week, Turkey began its long-anticipated ground incursion into northern Iraq, mounting a deadly offensive against the Kurdish separatist terrorist organization PKK – and bringing with it concerns over possible clashes between the Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkish troops. “As the cross-border operation only targets the terrorist organization, it’s expected that the [peshmerga] won’t use force against our units” the Turkish General Staff said in a written statement. Massoud Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region, said “if the clashes harmed any of the Kurdish citizens… Kurds are instructed and prepared to counterattack” Although the United States supports Turkey’s fight against the PKK, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that “[t]his latest operation ought to be of the shortest duration possible… there really can’t be a destabilization of that region” The Turkish military has said the operation will end when its mission is completed.

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Defending a secular Turkey – but what kind?

Feb 11, 2008 | Comments Off

The Daily Star

by Tulin Daloglu

There”s a Turkish saying: “Thursday”s coming is clear from Wednesday.” It”s just not clear what Thursday will bring. Turkey”s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has joined with the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to introduce a constitutional amendment allowing women to wear headscarves in public universities. Their coalition secured enough votes at the Turkish Parliament to bring about this change. On Saturday, indeed, the bill was accepted.

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What’s in store after ’08?; Old and new Mideast challenges

Feb 5, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Today’s Super Tuesday primaries in nearly two dozen states will move the presidential nomination process forward a great deal in both parties. The rest of the world follows this long process of choosing the president of the United States as though they were watching their own local elections, because what happens in the United States greatly impacts the global economy and politics. While the deficit approaches $3.5 trillion, talk of a recession in the United States is at every corner around the globe. Europe blames the Bush administration’s overspending for its volatile situation. Iraq continues to cost millions of dollars and has claimed thousands of American lives, and remains a central issue.

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