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Kurdistan

Turkish troops enter Kurdistan border areas, bomb PKK positions

By Rudaw 17/6/2017
Rudaw file photo shows Turkish bombardment against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the border areas.
Rudaw file photo shows Turkish bombardment against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the border areas.
DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Turkish troops have crossed the Kurdistan border following bombardments by Turkish warplanes and artillery against the fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Friday night. 
 
A Kurdish commander from the Iraqi border guards has told Rudaw that Turkish warplanes bombed a number of villages on the border with Turkey several times between 12:00 midnight until 3:00 in the morning on Saturday. It was followed by a Turkish military incursion. 
 
The PKK-affiliated media ANF reported that the attack first began with warplanes at 8:00 o’clock Friday night and then the Turkish troops “violated” the Kurdistan Region border.
 
The PKK media reported that clashes erupted after the Turkish incursion and claimed that 14 Turkish soldiers were killed.
 
It said the clashes were ongoing as of Saturday morning. 
 
Turkish troops entered the Kurdish territory from the border between Turkey’s Hakkari province and Kurdistan’s Duhok province.
 
The affected areas stretch between Duhok’s Amedi areas down to Zakho, located northwest of Erbil.
 
Rudaw's Nasr Ali reported from the border area that this is not the first such Turkish incursion. Ankara has put in place some permanent military outposts inside the Kurdish territory following similar military advances in the past. 
 
The PKK has been engaged in a four-decade war against the Turkish state calling for greater national and cultural rights for millions of Kurds in Turkey.
 
The group is headquartered in Kurdistan’s Qandil Mountains and is engaged in cross-border warfare against Turkey. Ankara considers the PKK a terrorist group.
 
Turkey has frequently bombed PKK bases inside the Kurdistan Region after clashes resumed between Ankara and Kurdish fighters in July 2015.
 
Turkish warplanes bombed the Amedi region several times in April and May, killing one man, injuring a 35-year-old woman, and causing material damage.
 
The PKK has some 5,000 fighters mostly stationed in the remote bordering areas of the Kurdistan Region.
 
In other attempts to target PKK fighters in the Kurdistan Region, Turkish warplanes bombed Mount Shingal on April 25 where PKK-affiliated groups are based, killing a number of their fighters. The airstrikes also killed six Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers “by mistake.”


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djablitt@bell.net | 17/6/2017
nothing personal, i hope the Kurd's destroy the Turkish troops down to a man. disgusting bast**d's, King Endrogan would do nothing to save the Yazidi's but would do anything to destroy the kurd's
FreeSpeech | 17/6/2017
This is a violation! why is the minstry of Peshmerga silent? The Turks shot down a Russian jet because it got too close to their border, the Russian jet was boming jihadi headchopers inside Syria , and the jihadists were pouring into Syria from Turkey(the same excuse Turkey uses to violate KRG sovereignty
Ethos | 17/6/2017
Either PKK get themselves some decent portable anti air systema so Turkish jets and helicoptera are rendered useless or they leave Basur emediately. The Turks have set up a dozen military bases inside out territory using PKK as an exucse, enough is enough, go fight them in Bakur which is 4 times bigger than Basur!
View | 17/6/2017
One small step if KRG could protest Turkish incursion would be a giant step for Kurds!
Kurdo | 18/6/2017
This is the iraqi agreement that turkish forces can bomb where ever they want because of PKK. If KRG becomes a state, will they still let Turkey bomb where ever they want? USA will write a agreement with YPG to stay in Syria for 10 years. Both US and Israel are tired of Erdogan, i would advise PDK/PUK to drop Turkey and Iran. This isolation of Qatar is the best thing that can happend to us Kurds, in this mix you have Turkey and Iran. KRG should get closer to India that also is a good ally to Israel. Start to get self sufficient, the next 10 years the ones with food and water will be a powerful nation. Israel already have a machine that produce water from sea water. Israel also bought water companies around the world. Start to get clever and unite all Kurds.
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