Threat of military coup grows in Turkey
a few weeks after US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
criticised the Turkish military for failing to veto the elected
civilian government’s position on the war in Iraq, there
are growing concerns in Ankara about a possible military coup.
The U.S. Has Already Made Up Its Mind On Turkey
a reason why today we have published the full text of yesterday’s
remarks on Turkish-US relations made by US Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz. Everybody interested in the future
of relations between our two countries should read this text
Two U.S. Missiles Misfire, Land in Turkey
Two Tomahawk cruise missiles misfired and
landed in an unpopulated area of Turkey on Sunday, a U.S. defense
Turkey eyes northern Iraqi oil
Turkey is examining old international treaties to determine what
rights it has over oil fields in northern Iraq.
U.S. Giving Up On Turks and Rerouting Ships
After weeks of frustrating delays,
the Bush administration has all but given up on persuading Turkey
to let U.S. forces use its territory to invade Iraq. Instead,
it is now focusing on "discouraging and deterring" the Turkish
government from sending troops across the border, a senior U.S.
official said today. A
team led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy to northern
Iraq, warned Turkey that any incursion would have a "very
negative effect" on relations with the United States and
pose dangers of fighting between Turkish troops and Kurdish and
forces, the senior U.S. official said.
U.S. turns economic screws on Turkey
The U.S. is exerting economic
pressure to persuade Turkey's parliament to authorize the presence
of U.S. combat troops
for an Iraq war, and a leading U.S. credit rating service warned
that Turkey's rating would suffer if it didn't go along. Despite
lack of formal authorization, the U.S. continued to unload military
equipment and prepare logistics bases in Turkey. Mounting
tension over the heavy U.S. military presence resulted in a demonstration
at the port in Iskenderun Wednesday morning.
U.S. Military Ignores Turkish Vote
So what if the Turks didn't approve U.S. military bases within
the country -- the troops are carrying on with their preparations
in the port of Iskenderun "as if the Turkish parliament
had passed the motion concerning U.S. troop basing in Turkey."
U.S. abandons Turkey as northern front
The Bush administration
has abandoned the hope that Turkey will serve as a major front
in the planned U.S.-led war against Iraq.
Foils Bush's Imperial Plans
The Turkish parliament's refusal to open up bases to U.S. forces
is a symptom of rising global anger at the Bush administration.
US hits roadblock in push to war
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.
rude America right'
Nesrin Aloglu, a bank clerk, is delighted that Turkey’s parliament has
thrown Washington’s plans for an attack on Iraq into disarray by blocking
the deployment of US troops. “Serves them right. Now they can apologise.” Apologise,
she said, for the way in which the United States so rudely took Turkey for granted
and issued threats, insults and ultimatums when it did not get what it wanted.
blow to Bush as Turkey snubs US troops
The Turkish parliament dealt a major setback to the Bush administration's plans
for a northern front against Iraq yesterday, narrowly rejecting a measure that
would have allowed thousands of American combat troops to use the country as
a base for an attack.
Some of the most secret and scariest work under way in the Pentagon these days
is the planning for a possible military strike against nuclear sites in North
U.S. Would Limit Action By Kurds in Postwar Iraq
The United States has promised to prevent
Kurds from imposing a federation-style government in postwar
Iraq that would ensure their continued autonomy and agreed to
allow Turkish troops to enter northern Iraq and observe the disarmament
of Kurdish militias once fighting has stopped, Turkish officials
Threats, Promises and Lies
So it seems that Turkey wasn't really
haggling about the price, it just wouldn't accept payment by check
or credit card. In return
for support of an Iraq invasion, Turkey wanted -- and got -- immediate
aid, cash on the barrelhead, rather than mere assurances about
future help. You'd almost think President Bush had a credibility
Consul of the Turkish Grand National Assembly
Please allow me to welcome you to Turkey and to the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
I consider it my duty
to let you of the events that have been going on there.
Turkey Gives in to America's Economic Arm-Twisting
arm-twisting appeared to have paid off yesterday when Turkey indicated
it would allow tens of thousands of US troops
to deploy to open a northern front against the Iraqi regime. The
agreement will cost the United States about $15bn (£9.5bn)
in loans and aid to bolster the Turkish economy.
What If Turkey Agrees?
Bush's planned use of Turkish bases will set off a series of dangerous
and unpredictable conflicts.