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Turkey is unrelenting in its crusade against the Kurdistan Worker’s Party and the People’s Protection Units, as two parts of a whole.
Ankara’s forces carry out frequent operations within and without the country, targeting both the Kurdistan Worker’s Party’s (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG)’s interests and members. The Turkish government dubs both groups as terrorists, and does not shy away from invading the sovereign territory of other countries to pursue and “eliminate” their members and positions.
As a result, Turkey frequently encroaches on Syrian and Iraqi territory, and even has observation posts set up to target its Kurdish enemy.
It strongly opposes the Syrian Democratic Forces, a group whose core is comprised of the YPG, and receives heavy US support.
Most recently, between February 10th and the 14th, Turkey began its most recent operation in northern Iraq. In particular, it took place on the Gara Mountain in the Duhok Governorate of the Kurdistan Region. The result was such that both the PKK and the Turkish Armed Forces claimed victory, following the operation. The accounts of what transpired vary.
Turkey said it killed 53 PKK members, and captured 2. It admitted to losing 3 soldiers, while 4 of its troops were wounded in battle. According to the PKK, Turkey lost at least 30 soldiers, and dozens more were injured. A sort of collateral damage involved 13 Turkish hostages whose corpses were discovered in a cave network in the mountain area. Turkey and the US claimed that these were largely civilians, and some intelligence officers. The PKK claimed these were 13 Turkish military hostages. Turkey’s Defense Minister claimed many weapons and ammunition, as well as other equipment were seized.
In the aftermath, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to expand military operations which showed progress to other regions where threats are still significant.
Ankara’s aggressive and assertive actions are making many of the involved parties dissatisfied. Regardless it keeps carrying them out and shows no intention of stopping.
In Iraq, the Al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance Movement issued a warning to the Turkish Army against invading the country any longer. It said that it would suffer the same fate as the American Army whose convoys and positions continue to be targeted. Iraq maintains the posture that Turkey must withdraw fully from its sovereign territory. It should simply pack up its bases in the north of the country and vacate the premises.
In response, Turkey maintains that the West, and Iraq’s government aren’t doing enough to counter the alleged terrorist threat. Ankara claims it has its right of self-defense, even if it requires invading other countries.
Operation Claw Eagle 2 was of questionable success, if the numbers by the PKK are to be considered, against those provided by Turkey. These operations, however, are unlikely to stop, both in Iraq and Syria.
Erdogan seems hell-bent on solving all “security issues” and expanding Turkish activities in regions that are deemed threatening to Ankara’s interests.
Hunting down PKK by Turkey , is Excuse for Invasion of other Nations
Only USA can make the Turks retreat.
F.ck off troglodyte then be a proper state and dont host zillions of maniacal group in your shit-hole anymore..Iraq is the definition of failed state.
Ali, I think its already too late for the turkish state. The entire eastern 1/3rd of this oglu toglu goplu country is now insurgency central. Surprised Iran is holding back and not interfering.I’m getting tired of Iran playing neutral everywhere. Same story in NK, Qatif, Afghanistan and even Bahrain. Iran refuses to get dragged in. This is starting to bother me.
That’s why America in the first place invited this dog Erdogan into this situation, to make it look like a quagmire. Which isn’t no matter how Zionists and CIA would love to. Everybody know perfectly well whi is good and who is bad, rotten, heinous and utterly evil.
Be patient. Iran refuses to be dragged into this conflict directly, but Turks are those who are going to loose everything because of this scabby dog Erdogan.
Who let the dogs out again? https://media4.giphy.com/media/srb6bXZHbgDsc/giphy.gif
I’m Persian, from Semnan. Have lived and worked in half a dozen countries.
If you check you’ll find the Iranians also carry out anti terrorist operations in northern Iraq, and a few months ago the Iraqi Government claimed there’s been instances of covert cooperation between Turkey and Iran concerning anti terrorist operations in northern Iraq, so they’re not neutral at all if that’s true.
Turkey targets the PKK in Iraq and the Iranians target the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), but not all the pro Iranian militias are happy about what Turkey’s doing in Iraq, this is what one group had to say about Turkey,
“An Iran-backed paramilitary group in Iraq threatened to attack the Turkish military if it continues to carry out counterterrorism operations in northern Iraq, as it criticized the Iraqi government for its alleged silence.
In a statement released Sunday, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba claimed that the Iraqi government’s “weak official stance” has allegedly led the country’s sovereignty to be violated as Turkey carries out counterterrorism operations against the PKK in northern Iraq.”
So if the Iraqi PMU are threatening Turkey you can be sure at least some Iraqi Shias are resentful of Turkish actions in Iraq.
Thats a very Turkish propaganda description of the worst.
PKK dont represent most of the Kurds.
The main problem is if Erdogan and his supporters has anything the Turks need anymore.Even Kurds as excuse is rusty in a University in Istanbul
oh god mr mohammad Jensi of the Daesh Al-takfiri brigade, turkey is a neutered country. That is the bottom line. Iran’s pushed them into that little jihadi naughty corner now in the north west. They can’t do diddly now. They’re half a trillion in debt to the West with a full blown insurgency in their kurdistan.
Now, when this scabious dog Erdogan is entangled in both Lybia and Iraq, we shall take advantage and struck Wahhabis in Idlib. He think he’s invincible and can do whatever he wants, well let’s show him that it isn’t like that.
Putin supports his friend Erdogan and the Russians are allies with the Turks.
The Turks, enabled by Putin and the Russians, will continue their depredations in the Middle East and Africa, and soon Greece and Europe itself.
Think Idlib and Afrin.
old corn hole lonely–needs more lube, LSD
You are welcome. greetings from Lavrow himself too.
Both the KRG and the Iraqi Government have called on Turkey to stop endangering the civilian population in Iraq, and to stop displacing innocent people from their towns and villages, and the Iraqi Government also told the Iranians the same thing too, the Iranians bomb the hell out of northern Iraq too so the Iraqi Kurds are copping it from both sides.
During the last decade Erdogan’s initiated 5 or 6 different military operations in northern Iraq, and during that period they’ve lost more Turkish soldiers than the PKK lost fighters, I posted the numbers the other day and the losses were mostly from the Turkish side, and not just 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 losses, more like 10 to 1 losses, so they haven’t been successful in Iraq by any stretch of the imagination.
Why are you talking about *alleged* terrorist threat when the threat is real as described in your article i.e. the PKK kills civilians ?