Kurdish War: August 10, 2002


The Washington Times reported that the US government is now promising Iraqi Kurds that US forces will protect them during any operation to oust Saddam Hussein... In other words, if and when the US moves against Saddam, Iraqs Kurds wont be exposed to reprisal as they were in 1991 after the Persian Gulf War. The article quoted the Washington press corps favorite source, An Unnamed official, who said "should Saddam move against the Kurds, we would respond."

This would mean US, British, or even Turkish troops in the Kurdish northern provinces of Iraq. While US and British warplanes have kept Iraqi troops out of the north, this was because the Iraqis did not want to take the losses to their ground units if they advanced into the Kurdish territory. The Iraqis could make that advance and then station troops in Kurdish residential areas (generally free from US smart bombs.) 


Article Archive

Kurdish War: Current 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999



Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close