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PeedeeShaolin
14th September 04, 09:33 AM
The Associated Press and the BBC reported today that Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has said that if the U.S. continues to assault Tall Afar Turkey will "end its partnership on all aeas touching Iraq".

The recent U.S. strikes have been a big issue but the U.S. news media has yet to utter a peep.

Turky is pissed because of the many Turkmen that have been dislaced by the fighting there. The Associated Press reported that at least 50,000 have been forced from their homes.


Gul condemned what he called "the excessive use of force against civilian populations" in the town that lies 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the Syrian border, Anatolia said.

Yet another U.S. friend may be about to say bye bye.......

Ronin
14th September 04, 09:38 AM
Turkey is the biggest NATO base in that area, right?
Still has nukes right?

Ignorant
14th September 04, 09:39 AM
Shaolin is there anyway you could post a link?

PeedeeShaolin
14th September 04, 09:48 AM
Heres some links about the story, sorry about that:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040913/wl_mideast_afp/turkey_us_iraq_tallafar_040913195736

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3653868.stm

http://breaking.examiner.ie/2004/09/14/story166449.html

PeedeeShaolin
14th September 04, 09:48 AM
Iraq is a mess. Good job Georgie.

Ronin
14th September 04, 09:50 AM
Yep:
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2004/09/14/629055-ap.html

Baghdad police station attacked

By SAMEER N. YACOU

BAGHDAD (AP) - A car bomb ripped through a crowded line of shops and cafes near a police station in central Baghdad on Tuesday where many Iraqis had gathered to apply for jobs in the force, killing at least 47 people and wounding 114.

Northeast of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a van carrying policemen home from work, killing 11 officers and a civilian driver.

The attacks were the latest attempts by insurgents to disrupt U.S.-backed efforts to build a strong Iraqi police force capable of taking over security in many towns and cities ahead of national elections slated for January.

In Baghdad, the blast left a three-metre crater and a trail of charred bodies, devastated buildings and gutted cars near the station on Haifa street, an insurgent enclave that has been the scene of fierce clashes with U.S. troops.

Paramedics and residents picked up body parts scattered across the street and put them into boxes. Anguished men lifted bodies burned beyond recognition and lay them gently on stretchers. Helicopters circled.

Interior Ministry spokesman Col. Adnan Abdel-Rahman said the bomb was inside a Toyota parked near the commercial hub, located a short distance down the road from the police station, which had been closed to traffic.


Mahdi Mohammed, 30, was standing outside his barber shop when the blast occurred.

"It was a horrific scene," he said. "Seconds earlier people were drinking tea or eating sandwiches and then I could see their remains hanging from trees. I could see burning people running in all directions."

Angry crowds of young men pumped their fists in the air and denounced U.S. President George W. Bush and interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, saying the had failed to protect Iraqis. "Bush is a dog," they chanted.

Others, however, directed their anger at the militants.

"Such acts cannot be considered part of the resistance (against American forces)," said Amir Abdel Hassan, a 41-year-old teacher. "Iraq is not a country, it's a big graveyard."

In the eastern city of Baqouba, gunmen in two cars opened fire Tuesday on a van carrying policemen home from work, killing 11 officers and a civilian, said Qaisar Hamid of Baqouba General Hospital.

The incident occurred when the policemen were returning to their station after they were told that a trip to a training camp has been postponed, said a police officer on condition of anonymity.

Attacks on Iraqi security forces and police officers - consider to be collaborators by militants - have left hundreds of people dead since insurgents began a 17-month campaign to expel U.S.-led forces and destabilize Allawi's government.

Meanwhile, saboteurs blew up a junction where multiple oil pipelines cross the Tigris River in northern Iraq on Tuesday, setting off a chain reaction in power generation systems that left the entire country without power, officials said.

Firefighters struggled to put out the blaze after the attack near Beiji, 250 kilometres north of Baghdad. Crude oil cascaded down the hillside into the river. Fire burned atop the water, fuelled by the gushing oil.


Beiji is the point where several oil pipelines converge, said Lt.-Col. Lee Morrison of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

One of them apparently was a domestic pipeline that fed a local power plant. The explosion set off a fire that melted cables and led to the power outage, electricity officials said.

"Beiji is the chokepoint," Morrison said. "It's so easy to hit."

The 3 a.m. attack came soon after engineers had completed a two-month project to install two critical valves that had been damaged in an earlier blast.

Also Tuesday, the military said two American soldiers were killed and three others wounded when they came under attack Monday from an improvised explosive device and small arms fire in Baghdad.

The military said in a statement that troops belonged to the Army's Task Force Baghdad. The dead soldiers' names were withheld pending family notification.

More than 1,000 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the start of military operations in March 2003, according to an Associated Press tally based on Defence Department figures.

Tuesday's car bombing came a day after U.S. warplanes launched air strikes on a suspected hideout where operatives from an al-Qaida-linked group were meeting in Fallujah, killing 20 people.

PeedeeShaolin
14th September 04, 09:56 AM
Civil war my friend, only a matter of time.

The U.S. fucked up that country so bad they were better off with a Hussein in every town rather than the massive violence and death they have now.

TylerDurden
14th September 04, 09:57 AM
I thought the US pulled the Turk nukes after the Cuban missile crisis?

Balloonknot
14th September 04, 12:50 PM
Yes but PeeDee remember Saddam was a really bad guy. LOL. I wonder.... By the time the US is done if WE will KILL more than Saddam did. Hmmm.

SRK85
14th September 04, 03:08 PM
^HAHA goodpoint. Anwyays why dont the Sunnis and Shiites team up agiainst the US and othr forces get them out then fight each other for Iraq. See we totally destablized Iraq. It was such a bullshit war I hope we never fight a bullshit war like this again. Get rid of Saddam and then allow the Arab countries to handle it.

PeedeeShaolin
14th September 04, 03:09 PM
^HAHA goodpoint. Anwyays why dont the Sunnis and Shiites team up agiainst the US and othr forces get them out then fight each other for Iraq. See we totally destablized Iraq. It was such a bullshit war I hope we never fight a bullshit war like this again. Get rid of Saddam and then allow the Arab countries to handle it.

You're laughing NOW but if Bushie gets elected again you'll see the business end of the draft.

Leodom
14th September 04, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by PeedeeShaolin
You're laughing NOW but if Bushie gets elected again you'll see the business end of the draft.

Bullshit!! It's the Democrats who are wanting to reinstitute the draft. It's because they can't stand the fact that we have an all volunteer army. If they were drafted then they could play on the "forcing our young men and women to serve" angle.

PeedeeShaolin
14th September 04, 03:14 PM
Of COURSE! The "Dems" are evil(just like N. Koreans and Iraqis) and the Pugs are the shining knights.

Do you know how many men we are in need of in Iraq? Do you know how many soldiers tours have run out and are being forced to serve?

The U.S. needs ALOT more manpower.....how are they going to get it?

SRK85
14th September 04, 04:15 PM
Originally posted by PeedeeShaolin
You're laughing NOW but if Bushie gets elected again you'll see the business end of the draft.

No Shit he wants to go to war with Iran too. I want an education I dont want to die in the middle east. And the Dems want to have a draft so we dont fight stupid wars.