Iraq: Turkey, the Deployment of U.S. Forces, and Related Issues

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On March 1, 2003, the Turkish parliament, in a close vote, failed to pass a resolution authorizing the United States to deploy troops to Turkish territory to open a northern front in a war against Iraq. The vote surprised the U.S. government and its Turkish counterpart. Both governments may have greatly overestimated their understanding of the Turkish political situation that contributed to the defeat of the resolution. This report focuses on that political scene, Turkish concerns about an Iraq conflict, the tentative, but unfulfilled, bargain struck between the U.S. and Turkish governments to authorize the U.S. deployment - to the ... continued below

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Migdalovitz, Carol May 2, 2003.

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On March 1, 2003, the Turkish parliament, in a close vote, failed to pass a
resolution authorizing the United States to deploy troops to Turkish territory to open
a northern front in a war against Iraq. The vote surprised the U.S. government and
its Turkish counterpart. Both governments may have greatly overestimated their
understanding of the Turkish political situation that contributed to the defeat of the
resolution. This report focuses on that political scene, Turkish concerns about an Iraq
conflict, the tentative, but unfulfilled, bargain struck between the U.S. and Turkish
governments to authorize the U.S. deployment - to the extent that it is known, the
final arrangements for U.S. access to Turkish airspace, and attendant issues. This
report also reviews the implications of parliament’s actions for the bilateral U.S.-
Turkish relationship, regional relations, Turkey’s domestic politics, its economy, and
broader issues.

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29 Pages.

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  • May 2, 2003

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Migdalovitz, Carol. Iraq: Turkey, the Deployment of U.S. Forces, and Related Issues, report, May 2, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8186/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.