February 19, 2003

Iranian Troops in Northern Iraq

Iranian Troops in Northern Iraq

The situation in northern Iraq remain fluid and complex. The FT has a story (stangely not getting much press elsewhere for the time being) that Iranian troops have crossed into northern Iraq.

"Iranian officials insist that force's role in the north is defensive but its presence will exacerbate the concerns of the US and especially the Arab world that military intervention in Iraq will lead to a permanent disintegration of the country. Through inserting a proxy force, Iran is underlining that it cannot be ignored in future discussions over Iraq's make-up."

Meanwhile, as Peter Galbraith points out in the NYT, the Kurds appear disgruntled that the U.S. may be going too far in its concessions to Ankara to get them on board.

Posted by Gregory at February 19, 2003 01:09 PM
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