Tuesday, October 28, 2003

The final word?

It looks like the idea of having Turkish troops in Iraq is dead:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the United States had suspended talks on a request for Turkey to send thousands of troops to Iraq, the NTV news channel reported Friday.

The remarks came amid intense speculation here that Washington is about to give up on the idea of a Turkish deployment in Iraq, which has triggered harsh objections from the country's interim leadership.

"The United States called our general staff some time ago and said 'give us some time... and we will continue later,'" Erdogan told Turkish reporters during a visit to Tajikistan, according to NTV.


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