Speed bumps

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Mar 4 07:34:03 MST 2003

The Independent, 04 March 2003

US hits roadblock in push to war
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

America admitted yesterday that the war due to begin as early as next
week might have to be put back by at least a month because of Turkey's
refusal to allow US ground troops to deploy there.

The surprise rejection by the parliament in Ankara made the planning
"more complicated", Ari Fleischer, the White House spokesman, said. Some
military analysts predicted that an attack of the speed and decisiveness
President George Bush wants might have to be delayed until late March or
even early April.

full: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=383711


The Independent, 04 March 2003

Kurds' vow to fight Turkish invaders poses new problem for Bush coalition
By Patrick Cockburn in Arbil, northern Iraq

The American plan to form a northern front against Saddam Hussein
slipped deeper into crisis yesterday when Kurdish leaders made clear
they would resist any attempt by Turkey to occupy Iraqi Kurdistan, even
if it was a member of the American-led coalition.

The Kurds have already declared they would fight if Turkey unilaterally
occupied a swath of territory in northern Iraq with the intention of
limiting Kurdish influence in Iraq after the overthrow of President Saddam.

Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leader, said yesterday that even if Turkey
joined the coalition in the war against Baghdad the Kurds would have to
be assured that this was not a smokescreen for the occupation of Iraqi

Mr Zebari, picking his words carefully, said: "Unless the end-game is
clear we will resist

full: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=383710


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