Regions / Turkey
In the courtship of Europe and Turkey, both sides are having second thoughts.
With Turkey worried about an independent Kurdistan and the United States bent on destabilizing Iran, northern Iraq is on the brink of chaos.
It remains to be seen whether a new marker has been set in al Qaeda's range.
The U.S. is offering to help Turkey become part of the "New Europe" in return for its cooperation if U.S. forces invade Iraq. Turkey has been striving to become a member of the European Union (EU) for years, but a number of hurdles remain
The new Turkish government, led by the moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party, finds itself almost quite literally between Iraq and a hard place.
Considered a strategic NATO ally, Turkey has benefited from a U.S. policy that is long on military assistance and short on constructive criticism.