Turkey at war with the Kurds by Matthew Isaacson
Turkey is considering hiring 500,000 new soldiers, according to the Turkish newspaper Aksam. These soldiers would be used to fight the Kurds, who continue to attack Turkish forces with seeming impunity.
On June 19th, 12 Turkish soldiers were killed after they were attacked by the PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party) in Hakkari province. Prime Minister Erdogan has vowed to annihilate the terrorist group, but has had considerable difficulty in putting them down. About 40,000 people have lost their lives in the fighting that has been going on for over 26 years.
Surprisingly, Turkey's relationship with the Kurds of Iraq has improved recently. By refusing to declare a desire for independence, and by forging economic relationships with Turkish businessmen, the Iraqi Kurds have managed to build up a thriving economy. Peace works!
Matthew Isaacson is a partner at Haskell New York Inc., a company which sells office supplies on the Internet through its online service, www.OfficeSalesUSA.com and holiday cards at their sister site www.Christmas-Holiday-Cards.com.
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