Saturday, October 25, 2003

From blog correspondent Samer al-Batal
Kurds are finally heard: Turkey burned our villages
A New York Times story: they make you sign in.

S al-B: And the US wants to bring in these fine examples into Iraq? According to some reports, the Kurds of Iraq aren't new to the taste of relatively recent Turkish attacks. Apparently, regular American sorties over the no-fly zones were sometimes paused to allow the Turks to initiate some bombings of their own.

A book by Dalrymple was recently suggested as a read on this blog. His trip takes him to the war zone of southwest Turkey, and to Diyarbakir. He visits an important monastery also. I recall his book was written in the mid-nineties, when the threat to the Suriani Christians of the region was already very grave. I have no idea what's left of them today, and by how far the community has diminished in numbers since the writing of the book.

His trip takes him to the war zone of southwest Turkey, and to Diyarbakir.

S al-B: Southeast Turkey.

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