In today's New York Times, Andrew E. Kramer tells you that Iraq's president, Jalal Talabani, is upset with Syria for publicly endorsing the Turkish parliament's vote to approve the Turkish military being sent into Iraq to fight the PKK. "Usually I refrain from commening on Syrian positions to maintain our historical good relations," Talabani (who stuffed his face with fatty foods` on his recent trip to the US to visit the Mayo Clinic, just FYI -- the heart trouble is not going to be cured by pigging out in hotel rooms).
Talabani, as many news outlets around the world have noted (even if domestic ones haven't), 'refrained from commenting' on the PKK -- a group many Western nations -- including the US -- have labeled a terrorist organization which struggles to create their own republic within what is now Turkey. The PKK are Kurdish fighters and, no surprise, Talabani is a Kurd as well.
And that is it from the Times in terms of stories filed from Iraq. (Syria -- as announced weeks ago -- has closed its borders and an Iraq-related story on that makes A10.)
Yesterday, the US military announced: "One Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldier was killed and eight others wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations in an eastern section of the Iraqi capital Oct. 18."
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