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Thursday, March 20, 2003

 

Conflicting Kurd reports
Sgt. Stryker is perplexed over the disparity between this IHT article, headlined "In northern Iraq, Kurdish military force is mostly nonexistent," and ones like this Voice of America article, which insists "Tens of thousands of armed Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq are ready to join the fight against Saddam Hussein's army. They are waiting for the right time. "

I think I've figured out the problem. The IHT reporter is in Chamchamal, where the AP is reporting that 90% of the residents have left, and schools there are being set up to serve as "reception centers for deserters." The AP article is generally more pessimistic than this BBC article I mentioned in my earlier analysis, but they both seem better researched than the overly anecdotal IHT article.

And, for what it's worth, it's looking like the Agonist's reports about the Turks heading across the border that I mentioned earlier were untrue--or at least premature.
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