The View from the Neighborhood

Most countries in the Middle East publicly oppose a unilateral U.S. war against Iraq. But many are expected to acquiesce to one, if it comes to that


TURKEY Ankara is worried that postwar instability in Iraq would provoke Iraqi Kurds to assert their independence, thereby inciting Turkish Kurds to follow suit. Still, Turkey has strong historical ties with the U.S. and counts on Washington's backing for further IMF assistance. The pro-Islamic government would probably allow the U.S. to use some air bases and would support special forces en route to Iraq but not the transit of large numbers of ground troops.

IRAN Like Turkey, Iran is concerned about postwar restiveness in its Kurdish population. It also dislikes the idea of a postwar pro-American government across its...

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