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The USA, AKP, and the PKK.* Oh, And Iraq.

The USA, AKP, and the PKK.* Oh, And Iraq.

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Lurking in this acronym soup is a looming crisis in what used to be the most stable part of post-invasion Iraq. In a nutshell, the problem is this: insurgents from the PKK — deemed a terrorist organization by the USA — killed 12 Turkish soldiers Sunday, and have been conducting attacks on Turkey from Northern Iraq for a while now. Naturally, Turkey wants to respond. And given that the US is ostensibly involved in a war on terror, it is, to say the least, awkward. On the Talk of the Nation Opinion Page, Henri Barkey mourns a missed opportunity to create a new agreement between the two sides. He'll explain why today.

*United States of America, Turkey's Justice and Reconciliation Department, and the Kurdistan Worker's Party.