IRAQ: Crushing the Kurds

The Zagros Mountains of Eastern Iraq reverberated last week with the thud of bombs and tank shells as Iraqi troops moved forcefully against Kurdish dissidents dug in on the snow-covered slopes. The heaviest fighting yet in a rebellion that has dragged on for nearly two decades was startling but expectable. Iraq was finally able to move against the Kurds after patching up relations with Iran, which for years had provided the Kurds with the means to withstand Baghdad's most determined attempts to dislodge them.

The Iraq-Iran reconciliation took place two weeks ago in Algiers at the summit meeting of the...

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