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    U.S. SAID TO HOLD TURKISH FORCES IN IRAQ ESRA AYGIN, Associated Press, 7/5/03 ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - U.S. forces raided a Turkish special forces office in
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      U.S. SAID TO HOLD TURKISH FORCES IN IRAQ
      ESRA AYGIN, Associated Press, 7/5/03

      ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - U.S. forces raided a Turkish special forces
      office in northern Iraq and detained 11 soldiers, Turkish officials
      said Saturday. A Turkish newspaper said the arrests aimed to stop a
      plot by Turks to kill the Kurdish governor of the oil-rich city of
      Kirkuk.

      The detentions further strained ties between the longtime allies, who
      fell out over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Turkish Prime Minister
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the soldiers' release.

      A government official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity,
      said some 100 U.S. soldiers detained three Turkish officers and eight
      noncommissioned officers in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah
      Friday afternoon. They were taken to Kirkuk.

      The U.S. forces were acting on intelligence reports that some Turks
      in Kirkuk were planning to assassinate the Kurdish governor of
      Kirkuk, the newspaper Hurriyet said.

      "This is an ugly incident," Erdogan said. "It should not have
      happened."

      "For an allied country to behave in such a way toward its ally cannot
      be explained," he addedÂ…

      "The fact that a 50-year-old ally has reverted to such an action has
      saddened us deeply. That such an action was carried out against an
      ally is a serious situation," Hurriyet quoted Gen. Yasar Buyukanit,
      the deputy chief of staff as saying.



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