Sunday, March 23, 2003

In its Saturday edition, the London-based daily Al-Hayat, citing a Kurdish parliamentarian, reported that the U.S. has established a command to manage northern Iraq, with Kurds as advisers. Kurdish forces will have to accept orders from the U.S. command. The paper also quoted the MP as saying that in light of Turkey's refusal to allow American forces access to northern Iraq, Washington's reliance on Kurdish forces has increased.

The paper also reported that Kurdish officials, who just returned from a meeting in Ankara with Turkish officials, stayed mum on what had taken place, though they did insist that Turkish entry into Iraq was inevitable. You might want to see this Washington Post article for developments in northern Iraq.

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