Turkey Commits War Crimes in Iraq: Where’s Goldstone?

In recent weeks, there has been an uptick in Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) attacks in Turkey, and, if Turkish press reports are to be believed, several dozen Turks have lost their lives. Turkey has responded by increasing its attacks on neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan, where Turkish authorities say the PKK enjoys safe-haven.

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Turkey Commits War Crimes in Iraq: Where’s Goldstone?

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