While most have heard about the Sunni-Shia troubles, and about the Kurds, there are other groups in Iraq. The Turkmen are one such group.
This past weekend, a powerful bomb exploded in Amirli, a small town populated mainly by Turkmen. It is about 50 miles south of Kirkuk, near the region that is claimed as Iraqi Kurdistan. Some say this is the largest single bomb of the war, with more than a hundred people killed.
Many are blaming the blast on Al Queda, and this cannot be dismissed. However, considering the Turkmen-Kurd tensions, the Turkey-Kurd troubles, and the general madhouse atmosphere in Iraq, there are lots of possibilities.
Could the Wahhabis (Al Queda) be trying to foment troubles between the Kurds, the Turkmen, and the Arabs?
Is Turkey trying to make the Kurds look bad, so they could have an excuse to invade?
During the time of Saddam, the Turkmen and Kurds in North Iraq were persecuted, and Arabs were moved in to populate the areas. Now that Saddam is off the planet, the Kurds and Turkmen are getting revenge, and trying to get the Arabs to move.
The fact that this region is rich in oil only makes it more complicated. It would certainly give Turkey a further reason to invade and annex the territory. Turkey has long had problems with its own Kurdish population, and it accuses them of terrorism
The question is, will Turkey stand by idly while Turkmen are being killed? Especially when it means annexing an oil rich territory.
What will the United States do if NATO ally Turkey gets involved in our Babylonian war?