National Intelligence Daily
TURKEY: Concern About Border Security
The Turkish Government has taken several sfeps'ecenl months
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ocmmar>Qo battalion was sent from Kayserl to tha Iraqi border area
(Turkish security forces along ino oorder with Iraq
and Syria increased their securlly posture,'
summer the Turks beganoncu along mosteastern segment ot the Syrian border. In this same area solda series ofatchtowers plusmall stations fartherthe border
Inew commando base and trailing facility hovenear
tho commando unit could undertake operations In Syria or atong the Syrian border. I-
Comment: Turkey has been primarily concerned witheconomic targets avng thencluding the Iraqi-Turkishand trade routes. Tha recent Turkish moves also mayprornpbad by lewsumored weal otter of autonomy uthat might have repercussions among Turkish Kurds.and harassment of Turkish Dorde' securityroblem tor Ankara.
Iraq's preoccupation with its war with Iran has reduced its ability to control the Kurds in the north. This wasajor factor in Baghosd's decision to permit ihe Turks to"te operation last spring against trie Kurds in Iraq. Any major resurgence ot Kurdish dissident activity might prompt Ankara to consider mounting another sweep against the Kurds.