President of this very Regional Government of The Northern Iraq, Mesut Barzani tough his terminology about PKK later on losses of friendly non-military people found on the north Iraq resulting from these devices raids that were planned by Turkish Air Forces against Terrorism.
Thirteen people were detained in Ankara and police were looking for three others, sources said, adding that the operation was specifically targeting Daesh militants. The PKK haven t informed on their victims.
Yuksek said police demanded that the women, who were carrying bags, surrender, but one of them replied, “I will never surrender to you”.
Exiled from Turkey, senior PKK members live in northern Iraq, where they train, recruit and plan strategy.
Despite the cooperation with US forces for a number of months, Syrian Kurds have begun to worry that their military success may not overcome the importance of Turkey to United States.
A far-left group that carried out a 2013 suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara claimed it was involved in the attack.
Turkey’s foreign ministry condemned the attack and said security at U.S. diplomatic missions was being tightened. The Kurdish militants stepped up their attacks. The PKK accuses Turkey of recently joining the fight against the Islamic State to counter Kurdish control along the border with Syria and exclude Kurds from gaining a voice in Turkey’s democracy.
The Turkish Air Force launched a new wave of strikes against Kurdish separatists overnight, as the conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK group worsens.
At one level, Turkey’s simultaneous attack against the two groups is not surprising.
On Monday, nine people, including five police officers, were killed in separate attacks in Istanbul and in the southeastern Sirnak province which were blamed on the PKK.
In recent weeks the Turkish military has carried out hundreds of air strikes while police have arrested more than a thousand suspects linked to ISIS, the Kurdish militant group the PKK, and far-leftist groups including the DHKP-C. They have attacked dams, bridges, trains, oil and gas pipelines, and killed more than two dozen soldiers and police officers over the past month as a three-year truce collapsed.
But the deepening of the Syrian crisis presented Ankara with a fresh opportunity to renew the fight against Kurdish dissidents in the southeast.
Though the US has publicly supported Turkey’s campaign against the PKK, some commentators have questioned the sincerity of the US backing of the bombings.
The violence has left a peace process with the PKK, begun by President Tayyip Erdogan in 2012, in tatters. PKK leader Cemil Bayik accused Turkey of trying to protect IS by attacking Kurdish fighters.
“The US-Turkish agreement over Syria over combating IS is riven with uncertainties, conflicting objectives and disagreement”, said Fadi Hakura, associate fellow at Chatham House.
Erdogan additionally stated Turkey made no distinctions between terror teams, in an obvious response to claims that the federal government had concentrated efforts on battling the PKK, shifting away from combatting ISIS.
Press TV: But doesn’t Turkey realize that all this comes at the cost of its economy which mainly feeds from its tourism sector?