Bush gives green light for Turkey to attack PKK in Iraq

In this video from Istanbul, Turkey, ’19th March of 2005, ten thousands of people said NO to occupation in Iraq. No war!!!’

From the World Socialist Web Site:

Bush gives green light for Turkey to attack PKK in Iraq

Historical, political issues in the Turkish-Kurd conflict

By the editorial board
10 November 2007

US President George W. Bush and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on November 5 in Washington to commit a further crime in sorely afflicted Iraq. With logistic support from the US, the Turkish army will move against members of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party), which is hiding out in the Qadil mountains of northern Iraq.

Bush promised Erdogan that Turkey would be furnished with US intelligence on the camps and movements of the PKK. The Turkish press reported this as a “green light for military strikes,” and following his meeting with Bush, Erdogan announced that operations would be launched against PKK positions in Iraq.

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35 thoughts on “Bush gives green light for Turkey to attack PKK in Iraq

  1. Take Iraq Funds OFF The Table

    George Bush insists Congress give him $200 billion more to continue the disastrous occupation of Iraq into 2009, and promises to veto any bill that requires him to bring our troops home. That means he will reject Speaker Pelosi’s new plan to provide $50 billion more with a “goal” to bring most troops to come home in 2008.

    George Bush is defying the will of the American people, who elected a Democratic Congress in 2006 to end the occupation, not to fund it. The latest CNN poll (11/8/07) shows an overwhelming 68%-31% majority now opposed to the Iraq occupation.

    Since Bush will veto any legislation to end the occupation, Congress has no power except to “Just Say No” to any more funds. Speaker Pelosi can do exactly what she did on impeachment – take Iraq funds OFF the table and refuse to hold a vote on any additional Iraq funding.

    If Democrats “Just Say No,” Bush will try to blame Democrats for leaving soldiers on the battlefield without bullets. Of course that’s absurd – even without another penny, it would be George Bush’s obligation as Commander-in-Chief to use existing funds to bring our troops home in a safe and orderly fashion. And if he needs any additional funds, Congress will provide them in a heartbeat.

    But if Democrats “Just Say No” and Bush steals funds from other programs to keep our troops in Iraq indefinitely, or delays their withdrawal and leaves them exposed to unnecessary harm, it would be the obligation of Congress to impeach him immediately.

    So tell Congress: No More Funds for Iraq


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  26. Turkije probeert terreurgroep Islamitische Staat (IS) te beschermen door de Koerden aan te vallen. Dat heeft Cemil Bayik, medeoprichter van de verboden Koerdische Arbeiderspartij (PKK), tegen de BBC gezegd. Volgens hem wil de Turkse president Recep Tayyip Erdogan dat IS successen boekt om te voorkomen dat de Koerden dat doen.

    De beschuldigingen zijn een reactie op de aanvallen die de Turkse luchtmacht uitvoert op stellingen van de PKK, dat als terroristische organisatie staat aangemerkt in de VS, de EU en Turkije, in Noord-Irak. De aanvallen vielen samen met de eerste Turkse luchtaanvallen op IS in Syrië.

    ‘De Turken beweren dat ze vechten tegen IS, maar eigenlijk zijn ze aan het strijden tegen de PKK’, aldus Bayik. ‘Dat doen ze om de strijd van de Koerden van de PKK tegen IS te beperken. Turkije beschermt IS’. Volgens de medeoprichter van de PKK zijn onderhandelingen de enige oplossing om het conflict met de Koerden te stoppen.

    Het geweld tussen de PKK en de Turkse regering is vorige maand na een jarenlange wapenstilstand weer opgelaaid. De Turkse luchtmacht heeft met aanvallen op de PKK-stellingen al 390 PKK-strijders gedood.

    Bron: Het Parool 10-08-2015

    Naschrift redactie: Het verliescijfer dat wordt genoemd is afkomstig uit de Turkse staatspropaganda en wordt door de PKK ontkend. Zoals was te verwachten neemt de Nederlandse pers dit soort propaganda zonder na te vragen over.


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