Turkey May Have Bought Itself A World Of Trouble

When Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller launched 35,000 elite troops into northern Iraq on Mar. 20, she was betting on a quick payoff. Some 2,400 insurgents belonging to the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) have been using bases across the Iraqi frontier to mount raids into Turkey. A swift blow against the PKK would help Ankara turn the tide in its 11-year guerrilla war against the Kurds. And it would lift Ciller's popularity before national elections next year.

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