Never Put "Heartened" and "Iraq" in the Same Sentence
Oh yeah, by the way? Turkey invaded northern Iraq. Lt. Gen. Carter Ham tells us not to worry.
We also highly encourage the government of Turkey to notify the government of Iraq of these operations as well, and we have been heartened in the recent experience where there had been discussion between high-level Iraqi and high-level Turkish military officials in this regard. So I think that’s promising.
Yeah? The Iraqis don’t really seem to agree. From today’s Washington Post, a piece headlined ’Iraq Sounds Alarm on Clashes in North’:
In Baghdad, national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie declared at a news conference Monday that the fighting could have "very serious consequences."
Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani warned Turkey against any expansion.
"The operations are still limited operations, and the government has expressed its concern," Bolani said. "If the operation is widened, definitely Iraq will defend its sovereignty and territory."
He said the United States should do more to encourage the Turks to withdraw. U.S. troops "are the greatest force on the ground. They have certain obligations," Bolani said. "They could do more."
Contradicting statements by other Iraqi officials, he said Turkey did not consult with Iraq before launching the operation. "No Iraqi official would agree to an incursion across his borders," Bolani said.