NID: LIMITED TUKISH DOMESTIC FALLOUT OVER NORTHERN IRAQ

Created: 11/1/1996

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Limited Turkish Itomestic Fallout Over Northern Iraqi

Minimal Turkish press coverage suggests most Turks arc not focused or. events in northern Iraq beyond the implications for the cooniennsurgency campaign and the potentialefugee crisis in southeastern Turkey. They are likely to support any Turkish efforts to establish order and prevent the PKK from using the regiontaging ground for attacks into Turkey.

imc Ministerhas :nt on recent events -recognizes the importance of this area to the military, and press reports suggest Refah's radical Islamic wing is among the most vehement opponents of the PKK. |

Refah's sizable Kurdish wing, however, may protest or even split from the party if Ankaraolicy favoring Baghdad'srontrol over ihe region.

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