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1. (U) This is an urgent action request. See Para 3.
2. (S) During mil-mil discussions Jan. 24 on SOF planning for
northern Iraq, the TGS proposed to SOCEUR BG Jones a need for
Turkish, US, KDP, PUK and Turkmen military reps together to
discuss military coordination in northern Iraq. Turkish SOF
suggested a common understanding of each party's role would
be necessary to execute successfully.
3. (S) Action Request: We urgently request points by OOB
Ankara time Monday, Jan. 27, for the Ambassador to use with
the Turks explaining the role of each group involved in
northern Iraq during and after hostilities, and affirming
that we are ready now to begin discussions between Turkey and
the US to prepare for five-way (US-TU-KDP-PUK-Iraqi Turkmen
Front) talks the first week of February (during Amb.
Khalilzad's visit to Ankara). We would propose the first
agenda item of those talks be issuing political guidance to
military commanders of US and Turkish SOF and of KDP and PUK
forces to sit down together and coordinate their efforts in
northern Iraq. End Action Request.