In Brief... World News Review: Turkey Accused of Attacking Iranian Targets

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In Brief... World News Review

Turkey Accused of Attacking Iranian Targets

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Iranian media has reported that a number of Iranians were killed when Turkish planes bombed suspected Kurdistan Worker’s Party positions inside Iran. Turkey has denied carrying out the strikes. Iranian media has also suggested that Turkey may have been behind provoking the recent student unrest in Iran. Iran and Turkey routinely trade diplomatic barbs, and this could be a groundless spat. After all, Turkey has enough domestic and international concerns to deal with without increasing tension with Iran. But given ongoing international realignments, Ankara may not be entirely averse to ratcheting up tension with Iran (Stratfor.com, Global Intelligence Update, July 20, 1999).

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