Turkish government attacks anti-ISIS Syrian Kurds


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ISIS MEMBER: TURKEY SUPPORTED US WITH WEAPONS. YPG vs ISIS.

9 May 2015

ISIS MEMBER RECOUNTS HEATED EXCHANGE BETWEEN TURKEY SUPPORTED TERROR GROUPS OVER WHO GETS WHAT OF ARMS DELIVERY.

From the BBC today:

Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of attacking their forces

22 minutes ago

Kurdish forces in Syria have accused Turkey of repeatedly attacking their units across the border.

Turkey said it was investigating the claims but insisted the Syrian Kurdish units remained “outside the scope of the current military effort”.

Turkey launched air raids on Islamic State fighters in Syria and positions of the Kurdish militant PKK in Iraq following violent attacks in Turkey.

Turkey has also said it has no plans to send ground troops into Syria.

The Kurdish People‘s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the main Syrian Kurdish party (PYD), said that Turkish tanks had shelled the Kurdish-held village of Zormikhar inside Syria late on Sunday evening.

It added that, an hour later, one of its vehicles had come “under heavy fire from the Turkish military east of Kobane in the village of Til Findire”.

In a statement on Monday, the YPG said: “Instead of targeting IS terrorists’ occupied positions, Turkish forces attack our defenders’ positions. This is not the right attitude.

“We urge Turkish leadership to halt this aggression and to follow international guidelines. We are telling the Turkish Army to stop shooting at our fighters and their positions.”

Erdogan, Kurds and ISIS, cartoon

TURKEY’S weekend bombing raids on Kurdish targets could spell the end of a two-year ceasefire with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the party warned yesterday: here.

Did Turkey Cut a Deal With ISIS to Save Soldiers? The Turks’ mission to rescue an ancient Ottoman corpse and its guardians near Aleppo was not a step toward war with ISIS, but a step away: here.

After agreeing last week to join the US-led war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Turkey is preparing to seize buffer zones within Syria, backed by US warplanes and Syrian opposition militias. This escalation follows weeks of talks with a high-ranking US delegation, and a phone call between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama: here.

Erdogan and Syrian Kurds

NATO backs Turkish attack on Syria and the Kurds: here.

Kurdish leader decries Turkey’s ‘safe zone’ plan in Syria: here.

NATO on Tuesday gave President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unanimous support for Turkey joining the US-led military offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is being used as a cover to escalate Washington’s intervention against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The quid pro quo secured by Turkey involves US support for attacks on Kurdish forces that, until last week, were being hailed by Washington, Berlin and other NATO powers as the bedrock of the anti-ISIS struggle: here.

THE opposition pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) called for a ceasefire yesterday after Turkish jets blitzed Kurdish PKK militia in northern Iraq overnight: here.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has mobilised the military and police in a country-wide operation targeting both the Kurdish nationalist movement led by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the “left” and anti-war opposition in general, arresting more than 1,300 people on terror charges: here.

TURKISH Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out at his US allies yesterday, complaining that arms supplies to Syrian Kurds could wind up in the hands of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and be used against his country’s armed forces. He also warned Russia not to support the YPG (People’s Protection Units) Kurdish militia group, saying: “No-one can guarantee that arms given to the PYD (Democratic Union Party) today won’t tomorrow fall in the hands of the PKK and be used against Turkey: here.

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  5. De Koerden en ISIS: Gaat de NAVO de Turkse verkiezingsuitslag corrigeren?

    Door Kees van der Pijl

    27 juli 2015 – Bij de laatste verkiezingen in Turkije, begin juni, leed the AKP van president Erdogan een onverwachte nederlaag als gevolg van de doorbraak van de pro-Koerdische HDP. Hoewel de AKP nog altijd veruit de grootste partij is, is de reeks verkiezingsoverwinningen die begon in 2002, onderbroken.

    En dat juist op een moment dat Erdogan en zijn partij hadden gehoopt met de absolute meerderheid in het parlement een grondwetswijziging te kunnen doorvoeren die de macht van de president zou hebben vergroot. Dat project is door de HDP-doorbraak en het stand houden van de gevestigde oppostie (CHP en MHP) de voet dwars gezet.
    Maar nu, bijna twee maanden later, is het Turkse leger in actie gekomen tegen ISIS—en tegen de Koerdische PKK. Tevens heeft Erdogan voor dinsdag de 28ste juli een Noordatlantische Raad bijeen geroepen onder artikel 4 van het NAVO-verdrag dat o.a. gaat over de territoriale integriteit van een lidstaat.

    Zoals alle misère in het huidige Midden-Oosten komt ook deze crisis voort uit de Brits-Amerikaanse (en door Nederland gesteunde) invasie van Irak in 2003—als we afzien van de voortdurende Israëlische bezetting van de in 1967 veroverde gebieden. Het instorten van Irak als staat en georganiseerde samenleving zette de deuren voor een opdeling van het land wijd open. De Koerden in het noorden hadden de steun van de Amerikanen en dankzij eigen olieinkomsten kon zich hier een zone van relatieve stabiliteit ontwikkelen, die enerzijds ook economische voordelen voor Turkije had maar anderzijds ook gevaren inhield, want de PKK is weliswaar het nauwst verbonden met Syrische Koerden, maar heeft ook bases in de bergen in noord-Irak.

    Intussen heeft de instorting van het staatsgezag in Irak en grote delen van Syrië geleid tot de vorming van de Islamitische Staat, ISIS, het uit de hand gelopen resultaat van decennia-lange samenwerking tussen de Amerikanen en Saoedi-Arabië. Vanaf eind jaren zeventig, om te beginnen in Afghanisten, bouwden de CIA en de geheime diensten van Saoedi-Arabië en Pakistan (beide bolwerken van Moslim-fundamentalisme) aan een uitgebreid netwerk van strijdgroepen en financieringsbronnen waaruit eerst al-Qaeda en later ISIS voortkwamen. Zelfs na 11 september 2001 werden deze relaties voor het grote publiek verborgen gehouden, want zowel al-Qaeda als later ISIS behielden hun waarde als breekijzers tegen de Assad-dynastie in Syrië en andere opponenten van het Westen (en Israël).

    Nadat Ankara jarenlang de grenzen opengesteld heeft voor jihadisten van zowel al-Qaeda (in Syrië, al-Noesra) als ISIS, is het conflict recentelijk overgewaaid naar Turkije zelf. Bovendien is door de onthoofdingen en andere wreedheden van ISIS (die we nu eenmaal erger vinden dan het doden van burgers met Amerikaanse drones) een schoorvoetende oorlogvoering tegen het ‘Kalifaat’ op gang gekomen. En sinds enige weken mogen de Amerikanen, die dan zogenaamd de leiding van de bombardementen op doelen van ISIS hebben (en waarbij natuurlijk onvermijdelijk slachtoffers onder de burgerbevolking vallen) hun basis Inçirlik in zuid-Turkije gebruiken voor die aanvallen. Die basis wordt mede ‘verdedigd’ door Duitse en Nederlandse Patriot-luchtafweerraketten die daar voor veel geld opgesteld staan sinds begin 2013, toen een Amerikaans-Brits ingrijpen in Syrië nog een optie was.

    Na een bloedige zelfmoordaanslag van ISIS in de Turkse grensstreek is Ankara nu ook tot het anti-ISIS-front toegetreden, in naam dan. Want in ruil voor het gebruik van Inçirlik door de Amerikanen heeft Turkije van Washington het groene licht gekregen om ook de Koerden aan te vallen en is het conflict in zuidoost-Turkije en over de grenzen aan het oplaaien. En voor de Turken zijn de Koerden een veel grotere bedreiging dan ISIS; volgens Patrick Cockburn in The Independent is dit al te merken aan de verharding van de autoritaire politiek van Ankara tegen zowel de Koerden als de Alevi-secte (net als de Alawieten van Assad nauw verwant aan de Sji’iten). Eén van de mogelijke achtergronden van de snelle verslechtering van de situatie (zowel de politieke als de economische) in Turkije is het vooruitzicht van nieuwe verkiezingen later dit jaar omdat er nog steeds geen regering is gevormd—en Erdogan zou dan in een nationalistisch klimaat van ‘anti-terroristische’ oorlogvoering tegen zowel Koerden als jihadisten alsnog de overwinning kunnen boeken die hem nu is ontgaan.

    Hoe dan ook dreigt het Midden-Oosten verder weg te zinken in een oorlog zonder einde omdat de Koerden m.n. in Syrië nu juist successen tegen ISIS boekten, maar hun broeders van de PKK niet in de steek zullen laten.

    Het is een illusie om na zoveel blunders sinds 2003 van de NAVO-raad wijsheid te verwachten, en van Nederland, dat zowel in het Midden-Oosten als aan de Russische grenzen consequent de kant van nóg meer spanning en oorlog heeft gekozen, is dat al helemaal niet te verwachten.

    Kees van der Pijl, Emeritus hoogleraar, School of Global Studies, Universiteit van Sussex. oorlogisgeenoplossing

    Bron: De Waarheid.nu 28-07-2015

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  6. Why is Qandil being bombed?
    By AMED DİCLE

    There is consensus on the notion that Erdoğan and his team restarted the war process after the Turkish army’s bombardment of Medya Defense Zones on July 25. Hundreds of location where the guerrillas are thought to be were bombed during these attacks. Thousands of civilians live in the areas under bombardments, and many civilians got injured during the attacks.

    The Kurdish side evaluated these attacks as a declaration of war, but has not yet responded to the attacks with war. PKK is aware of the AKP’s plan of war and chaos, and is trying to repel these attacks without war. However, things have not changed much and we can say that the search for peace could only gain meaning if Erdoğan and his secret cabinet of war were out of the picture.

    As Turkish warplanes bombed Qandil and other guerrilla zones, Turkish tanks bombarded YPG positions to the west of Kobanê and wounded 4 fighters.

    Zor Mixar village is by the Euphrates River, located right across Jarablus. So the village is the last stop before Jarablus on the way from Kobanê. 5 tank bombs reached the village on the evening of July 27, and a YPG vehicle was attacked by soldier between Kobanê’ and Tel Abyad near the border.

    If we focus on the locations under heavy bombardment, we can see that AKP launched a dangerous war to break the Kurdish movement via Rojava. Attacks may happen in other locations but the target is Rojava, they think the Kurdish movement would be broken if Rojava fell.

    After Tel Abyad, AKP government warned Rojava officials that YPG should not go to Jarablus, but it knows that Jarablus will be liberated from ISIS. AKP wants to prevent this and place its groups after the removal of ISIS. It is training people from Mınbıc and Jarablus for this purpose, but it is in delusion.

    Airstrikes against Qandil is the rematch of the defeat in Rojava. Statements suggesting that the war finished in 2013 and there have not been any casualties are false. There has not been a single day without coffins’ arrival from Rojava. Under the pretense of solution, Turkey wanted to break the PKK militarily in Rojava through ISIS. However, it was ISIS that got defeated. In order to weaken the perception that Turkey collaborates with ISIS, AKP placed PKK and ISIS in the same category and argue that it is attacking both of them.

    AKP can no longer wage the war in Rojava through ISIS. It has to change its weapon now and is trying to become more active in the coalition since it sees Kurds as a problem and cannot motivate other groups to fight them. Under the pretense of fighting ISIS, AKP is trying to use the power of US-led coalition in its fight against the PKK.

    Attacks against Qandil happen under the knowledge of the US, and the US wants to use Turkey in its fight against ISIS in Syria. The US knows that ISIS would be finished if the relation between ISIS and Turkey had ended. However, this does not mean that Turkey will be a strong actor in Syria. With this new initiative, Turkey is trying to play a bigger role in Syria and prevent the Kurds from becoming an actor.

    With its approval of the attacks, the US gives the message that its relationship with the Kurdish movement in Rojava is not strategic. For its own interests, the US would rather see a weak Kurdish movement.

    KDP is another force in the equation of these attacks. Frankly, KDP plays a role that is worse than the role AKP plays. It is having a hard time because its internal chaos has not spilled over to Rojava. The grave results of its partnership with AKP can be seen clearly. KDP thinks that it will succeed in AKP succeeds, and is working towards filling the gap that would emerge after the planned defeat of the PKK. Neçirvan Barzani’s support for the air strikes targeting Qandil, and statement that they are ready to play the role of an interlocutor illustrates this KDP plan. KDP had been laying the foundations of PKK’s destruction by making it physically difficult for the guerrillas to operate.

    The following sentence from the recent statement of People’s Defense Forces Headquarters shows how the developments will unfold:

    ‘July 25 (the day bombardments started) will be remembered as the day when the AKP committed its worst political and militaristic mistake.’

    In other words, Erdoğan and his followers will be remembered as defeated alongside ISIS due to the support they give to these barbarians.

    *This piece by Kurdish journalist Amed Dicle was translated from Turkish by ANF English service.

    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 27-07-2015

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