From the AP comes this report.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday urged one of Iraq's two vice presidents to delay a referendum on the future of Kirkuk, fearing Iraqi Kurdish groups could seize control of the northern, oil-rich city.
Turkey, which has been trying to quell a Kurdish insurgency for more than two decades, is concerned about the growing power of Iraqi Kurds and has repeatedly warned Iraqi Kurdish groups against trying to seize control of Kirkuk.
Iraq's constitution calls for a referendum on Kirkuk's future by the end of the year. The Kurds want to incorporate the city and its rich oilfields into their self-ruled region _ a move the Turks have strongly opposed.
I find this an interesting piece, partly because the Kurds are an ethnic currently without a true homeland. Rarely does the MSM focus on this fact, rarely does the Muslim world give it a second thought. The focus has been for years and probably always will be, the plight of the Palestinians. Yet, we see the Kurds in northern Iraq building a vibrant economy, in a stable political environment, while being treated like the red-headed step-children of the Muslim world.
I understand why Turkey is apprehensive. Separatist Kurdish guerrillas have wreaked havoc in Turkey for years now and there is fear that a more wealthy Kurdish region, could be used to raise revenue for the continuation of said attacks.
Recently, the Turks made what I thought was a nice gesture towards Armenians, another long-time enemy of the Turks. History has much to teach about this schism, as well as that with the Kurds. So, that leads me to pose a couple of quick questions. (Time to flush Anonim out of lurking status.)
If the Kurds were to take control of Kirkuk and were to establish a state of their own that would be their own, why then would they need to launch attacks into Turkey?
Wouldn't this be an opportunity for Kurds that are dissatisfied with living in Turkey to leave and emigrate into the new thriving Kurdistan?
Also: There's an interesting discussion going on in the Russian Rhetoric Not Well Received By Europeans thread, feel free to join in.