Friday, August 18, 2006

Kurds flee homes as Iran shells Iraq's northern frontier


Turkey and Iran have dispatched tanks, artillery and thousands of troops to their frontiers with Iraq during the past few weeks in what appears to be a coordinated effort to disrupt the activities of Kurdish rebel bases.

Frustrated by the reluctance of the US and the government in Baghdad to crack down on the PKK bases inside Iraq, Turkish generals have hinted they are considering a large-scale military operation across the border. They are said to be sharing intelligence about Kurdish rebel movements with their Iranian counterparts.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 06:30 PM PST

The more I think about this, the more problem I have with it.

If Israel has a right to invade Lebanon to fight Hezbollah, then by that precedent Iran has a right to invade Iraq to counter the threat of the Kurdish rebels.

But why would Iran choose to do so now, so close to the August 22nd deadline to halt their power station project? It just does not make sense.

How do we know it is Iran carrying out the shelling?

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