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  • Turkey sees U.S. backing Syrian Kurdish YPG as support for PKK - spokesman

    11/08/2018 12:50:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Nov 08 2018 | none stated
    Turkey does not differentiate between what it sees as terrorist organisations and any support for Syrian Kurdish forces means supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state-run Anadolu news agency quoted presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın as saying on Wednesday in reference to U.S. backing for Kurdish fighters in Syria battling Islamic State. Turkey sees the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), that control most of northeast Syria as part of the PKK that has been fighting for self-rule inside Turkey for more than 30 years. The YPG denies being part of the PKK, but...
  • It's time for the US to delist the PKK — here's why

    10/25/2018 2:09:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The Region (Middle East) ^ | (10-23-18) 23/10/2018 12:44 | Meghan Bodette
    This November will mark 40 years since the founding of an organization that has gained greater geopolitical prominence than most non-state actors ever will. Millions of Kurds— the world’s largest nation without a state, oppressed by the autocratic states that occupy their lands— support it and consider it their political representation on the world stage. In the struggle against occupation and denial of Kurdish identity, it has evolved an ideology based on direct democracy, ecology, pluralism, and women’s liberation that poses answers to questions asked by political movements around the world for generations. This is the PKK— Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan...
  • Turkish warplanes conduct strikes on Shingal: sources

    08/16/2018 7:21:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) News ^ | 20 hours ago | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The incident occurs after a meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish warplanes have conducted airstrikes in the Yezidi (Ezidi)-populated city of Shingal in northern Iraq; sources told Kurdistan 24 on Wednesday. According to the sources, there were some airstrikes to the west of Baraa village, located close to the border with Syria. Snip- In April 2017, Turkish airstrikes supposedly targeting the PKK-affiliated YBS killed five Peshmerga soldiers and wounded nine others, as well as causing extensive damage to the area, resulting in condemnation from...
  • PKK case heard in CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union)

    04/18/2018 3:02:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News (Luxombourg) ^ | Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018, 12:50 | ANF LUXEMBOURG
    The case to remove the PKK from the European Union terror list was heard on Monday in the Court of Justice of the European Union. The verdict is expected to be announced in 6 to 9 months. The case filed in the CJEU to remove the PKK from the European Union terror list was heard in Luxembourg on Monday. The verdict in the case is expected to be announced in 6 to 9 months. The panel of judges said, “Looking at the last decade, the PKK hasn’t carried out any visible ‘terrorist’ actions, but there is an insistence that it...
  • European Court of Justice to rule on delisting the PKK

    04/14/2018 9:28:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 14 Apr 2018, 00:00 | EWSAN DENIZ ANF
    The lawsuit filed to the European Court of Justice, demanding the lifting of the PKK from the EU's list of terrorist organizations, opens on Monday 16 April, writes Yeni Özgür Politika. The PKK has been on the EU's list of terrorist organizations since 2002. Acting on behalf of PKK leaders Murat Karayılan and Duran Kalkan, the Prakken d'Oliveira Law Office in the Netherlands has presented a file every six months when the new list is written and then the file went to the European Court of Justice. Next Monday the trial will open aiming at lifting the PKK from the...
  • British woman Anna Campbell killed fighting Isis with all-female Kurdish group YPJ in Syria

    03/19/2018 5:40:38 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    U.K. Metro ^ | 3/19/2018 | Richard Hartley-ParkinsonRead more:
    British woman Anna Campbell is believed to have died while fighting against Isis in Syria. It is claimed that the 26-year-old from Lewes, East Sussex, was part of the all female Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit in Afrin, a besieged city. According to the Guardian the convoy she was travelling in was hit by a Turkish missile on Friday. She is said to have dyed her hair black so that she looks less like a westerner and begged her commanders to send her to the front line. Her father Dirk Campbell told the paper: ‘Anna was very idealistic, very serious,...
  • PKK Threatens to Move the Afrin Battle into Turkey

    03/04/2018 5:39:58 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 4, 2018 | Laura Luck
    The PKK threatens to move the battle into Turkey, saying that the battle of Afrin is the beginning real revolution Kurdistan in Turkey and calls Kurdish youth to join the resistance against the Turkish occupation army in every a place.
  • Die Linke MEP: Turkey’s attacks on Afrin are unacceptable

    01/21/2018 6:36:08 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 13:00 | ANF STRASBOURG
    Die Linke member in the European Parliament (EP) Martina Michels issued a statement and stressed that Erdoğan’s Turkey stockpiling large scale forces to attack Afrin and its surrounding villages is unacceptable. The statement issued by EP-Turkey Relations Delegation Member MEP Martina Michels stresses that the PYD and YPG are the “thorn in the eye” for Erdoğan’s “fantasies of great power”. The statement titled “Erdoğan sends German tanks against Kurdish autonomy” demands the EU to call for the military attacks to stop and states that Erdoğan wants to complete his dreams of suppressing the demands for rights in Northern Kurdistan by...
  • Al-Jaafari rejects Turkey’s request to fight the PKK (Jaafari = Iraq Foreign Minister)

    08/25/2017 11:27:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANHA HARWAR News ^ | 08.23.2017 16:01 | (H\H)
    NEWS DESK- Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that he spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu about the need for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq and stressed on not allowing Iraq to become a regional conflict zone.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu arrived at the capital Baghdad on an official visit and is scheduled to head to Hewler to meet with leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani.The Turkish visit comes after the start of the campaign to restore Tal Afar in the province of Nineveh, also after the delegation left the referendum in the Kurdistan Region...
  • Mattis pledges Erdogan US support against PKK (if true, bad mistake)

    08/25/2017 9:14:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | August 23, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    US Secretary of Defense  James Mattis pledged support to Turkey in its ongoing fight against rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during talks with the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish and US officials said today.The daylong visit was intended to help smooth fraught relations between the two NATO allies. The biggest thorn is the United States’ partnership against the Islamic State with the PKK’s Syrian franchise, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Erdogan expressed anger over that alliance to Mattis during a half-hour meeting at the presidential complex. Mattis, in turn, repeated assurances that the US partnership with the YPG is solely tactical and...
  • German intelligence: PKK is fighting ISIS

    07/07/2017 6:44:17 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    ANF NEWS (English) ^ | Thursday, 6 Jul 2017, 12:10 | PERWER YAS (ANF Berlin)
    The German intelligence agency refused claims by Minister Gabriel that “PKK is involved with narcotics trafficking and extortion”, stating that PKK raises funds through donations and sales of publications, and a portion of the funds go to fighting ISIS. Germany’s domestic intelligence institution Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution announced their 2016 report in a press conference held in Berlin on July 4. Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution Chairperson Hans-Georg Maassen and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière were present in the press conference and the report they announced included information on institutions and organizations that...
  • Syria’s Kurds Are Not the PKK

    05/26/2017 6:41:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | May 15, 2017 | Aldar Khalil
    Amid the war against the Islamic State, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is bombing our villages and soldiers on an entirely false pretense. Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bombed and shelled our villages in northern Syria. The strikes killed our soldiers and unnecessarily escalated the conflict between Turkey and us at a time when we are engaged in a historic battle alongside U.S.-led international coalition forces to retake Raqqa and end the Islamic State’s reign of terror. I am a member of the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), an umbrella organization made up of six political parties...
  • Will US-Kurdish deal force Turkey back to PKK negotiation table?

    05/13/2017 7:41:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | May 12, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Although the United States has signaled its increasing support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the last few years, US President Donald Trump’s decision to arm the Kurdish forces in Syria for the battle against the Islamic State came as a shock to the Turkish government. Turkey considers the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to be part of one common terror group, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been throwing tantrums over symbols of US support for the YPG. Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian conflict for the last six years has been mind-boggling. To put it in the simplest...
  • PKK: Attacks on Rojava and Shengal will be retaliated in kind

    04/27/2017 9:43:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 27 Apr 2017, 13:31 (Syria) | none stated
    PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) Executive Council released a statement regarding the Turkish airstrikes on Rojava and Shengal. The statement by PKK said: “After facing a 'No' from Turkey's peoples in April 16's referendum, the AKP-MHP fascist dictatorship conducted airstrikes on our people's sacred place Shengal and Rojava Kurdistan -the vanguard and fortress of resistance against ISIS fascism- at April 24 night, and struck the positions of YBŞ and HPG and the YPG-YPJ headquarters with warplanes. To begin with, we commemorate with respect all those martyred in this savage fascist attack, and state that they will be avenged and the...
  • Did Trump congratulate Erdogan?

    04/20/2017 7:19:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    KOM News ^ | 19 April 2017 | none stated
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said that rather than congratulating Turkish President Erdogan, “the bigger point and priority” of Trump’s call was to talk about important issues in the region with a NATO ally.“Look, the Middle East is a pretty rough neighbourhood, and sometimes you have to get together to help them beat the bullies, like Syria,” Sanders said. “And that was something that certainly needed to be talked about.”The deputy press secretary also said that the president was not prejudging the outcome of the referendum that granted Erdogan with new executive powers, and...
  • Tillerson to woo Turkey during Ankara visit

    03/20/2017 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 16, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    Al-Monitor has learned that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to travel to Turkey March 30. He will be the most senior US official to formally visit Turkey since the Donald Trump administration took office in January. A senior Turkish official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Tillerson was expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, among others. The official was unaware of Tillerson’s full itinerary but said it would not be unusual for the secretary to visit other countries in the region as well. The official declined to elaborate any further. In an emailed...
  • Turkish intelligence chief met with Barzani, discussed PKK’

    03/16/2017 8:52:24 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    KOM News ^ | 16 March 2017 | none stated
    The head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation Hakan Fidan was in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to meet with the region’s President Masoud Barzani in the city of Duhoq between 14-15 March, according to local news agency Roj News.The agency, which bases its story on ‘inside sources’, reported that Fidan met with both Masoud Barzani, who is also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (and Deputy Leader of the KDP) Nechervan Barzani during his visit.The same sources said that the KDP’s relations with Turkey and a joint plan...
  • How deep is Turkey's Sinjar entanglement?

    03/07/2017 6:39:39 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 7, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin, translator Timur Göksel
    Turkey, which has developed rather odd relationships with some of its neighbors in recent years because of its reckless foreign policy, has begun treating Kurdish notables coming from Iraqi Kurdistan as official leaders. According to former Turkish Consul-General at Erbil Aydin Selcen, when Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani used to come to Turkey, he was received in Istanbul and not in Ankara, the capital. The meetings were not held in palaces but at less-impressive locations. The Kurdistan flag was never displayed. Meetings were held in Arabic, not Kurdish. To give the impression that the meetings were unofficial, nobody wore ties. In short, everything was...
  • A sleeper-cell in SW Michigan?

    11/04/2016 2:13:06 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 14 replies
    11-4-16 | Me
    I am presenting the news and you decide. Michigan restaurateur gets another chance to fight deportation "A decade later, however, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began seeking his deportation, citing his past ties to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, which had been designated a terrorist organization in 1997. Officials said Parlak did not initially reveal his PKK activities or his conviction. TODAY's NEWS "The bombing was likely carried out by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and Turkish officials have already blamed the group for the explosion."
  • Istanbul rush hour car bomb kills 11

    06/07/2016 11:40:13 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    The National - World ^ | June 7, 2016 | staff
    ISTANBUL // Turkish police detained four people in a hunt for the perpetrators of a car bombing in central Istanbul on Tuesday that killed seven police and four civilians. The third deadly attack in Turkey’s biggest city in six months targeted a bus transporting anti-riot police in Beyazit district, close to many of the city’s top tourist sites, said Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin. Thirty-six people were wounded, three of them seriously, he added. The four suspects were taken to police headquarters in Istanbul for interrogation, the state-run Anatolia news agency said, without providing further information. There was no early claim...