Border conflicts cause tension in Iraq

Border conflicts cause tension in Iraq
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:04am

The ongoing war against Kurdish rebels in Iraq's north by Turkey and Iran is threatening stability in the region. Dotted along the mountains inside Iraq, Turkey has 1300 soldiers in a handful of observation posts. Turkey has attacked Kurdish bases in Iraq for years but its air strikes and recent Iranian shelling across the border are fanning Iraqi concerns over its neighbors vying for influence in the oil-rich region once U.S. troops leaveat the end of 2011.

Kurdistan is a semiautonomous region in Iraq, it has its own President but foreign diplomacy is handled by Baghdad. Iraqi Kurdish officials acknowledge they are unable to control the rebels and say neighbors must resolve conflicts through negotiations.

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