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Holbrooke slams Bush policy on Turkish troops
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül said that the US had failed to take a clear stand over the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and said that the US was embarrassed over what had happened.
November 10 - A former US diplomat has lambasted the Bush Administration over its handling of the issue of trying to have Turkish troops deployed in Iraq.


       Richard Holbrooke, who served as the US’s ambassador to the UN under President Clinton, described the Bush policy over Turkish troops as a fiasco and said the US should not have asked the Turkish parliament to approve the deployment before gaining assurances that the troops would be welcome in Iraq.
       “Our most important ally Turkey is now angry and embarrassed,” Holbrooke told US television network ABC.
       Holbrooke warned that the Bush administration had caused the US to loss popularity with the Turks, with the approval rating falling to ten percent from the 65 percent during the presidency of Bill Clinton.
       Others to criticise Washington’s policies included some from within the administration, such as advisor to the Pentagon Richard Perle, who said that the US had made a mistake over having Turkish troops in Iraq.
       The Turkish government on Friday announced that it would not send troops to Iraq after months of talks with the US. The head of the Turkish Armed Forces, General Hilmi Özkök, speaking in an interview with a Turkish paper, said on Sunday Turkey had lost its right to have a say Iraq due to the recent developments.

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