hmm....i guess now we can add having the loyalty of a twenty-dollar-hooker to our foreign policy resume.
ANKARA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday that fighting Kurdish militants in northern Iraq would demand persistence and commitment but vowed to redouble U.S. efforts to help Turkey tackle the problem.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, speaking at a joint news conference with Rice, said her visit to Turkey marked the start of closer cooperation between the NATO allies in combating the Kurds.
The United States finds itself caught between the conflicting imperatives of defending a NATO ally against a terrorist threat, seeing an eruption in northern Iraq -- until now the most peaceful part of the country -- and coming down hard on the Kurdistan Regional Government, its closest ally among Iraq's warring groups.
Underlying the situation are broader questions about Turkish influence in northern Iraq, particularly in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, itself disputed among Iraqi factions, and in the northern Kurdish region that also spans part of Iran and Syria in addition to Turkey.
Over the past several weeks, Turkey has massed an estimated 100,000 troops on its border with Iraq.