A new poll shows that 81% of Turks favor invading northern Iraq, up from 46% in July.
‘ The number of people saying Turkey should conduct a cross-border military operation against militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) stood at 81 percent, up sharply from 46 percent in the last poll in July.’
The Reuters article continues,
‘ Despite U.S. offers of help for NATO ally Turkey in fighting the PKK, the poll showed the number of Turks with a negative view of the United States had risen to 86 percent from 49 percent in November 2003 after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. ‘
‘ he survey showed support for Turkey’s European Union membership bid had fallen to 51 percent from 52 percent in July, with 40 percent now opposed to joining. A few years ago, support for EU membership was above 70 percent.
Turks with higher education were most opposed to joining the bloc. ‘
In other news, the Sadrists oppose allowing Baath officials back into the government from their exile.