This video from the USA says about itself:
16 January 2016
The New York Times has a story about what is happening in the fight against the PKK in Turkey. The Turkish government doesn’t allow much press into the area, and frame it as a fight against terrorists. They’ve now rolled in tanks which have fired into cities. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“Gunfire clattered constantly and smoke rose from two towns in south-east Turkey as the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Kurdish militants would be “annihilated” in an intensifying urban battle that has killed 25 fighters in two days.
The three-decades-old insurgency by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party flared up again in July after the collapse of a ceasefire that had lasted two years, plunging Turkey’s mainly Kurdish south-east back into open conflict.
Twenty-four PKK militants were killed in Cizre and one in Silopi in the latest operations, the Turkish military said in a statement. Eight members of the security forces suffered wounds that were not life threatening.
The two towns, in Şırnak province near the border with Syria and Iraq, have become central targets for the latest anti-PKK operations in which Turkey’s media says 10,000 police and troops, backed by tanks, are taking part.”
Read more here.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Turkey has bombarded an area in the north of Syria, where Kurdish fighters are. The areas shelled by the Turkish military include a military airfield captured by the Kurds near the town of Azaz. …
The area in the north since a few days is in the hands of Kurdish rebels, to the displeasure of Turkey. The Turkish government considers the Kurdish militias to be terrorists.
Ankara says the militias have links with the PKK. With that political party, the Turkish army is embroiled in a bloody conflict in southeastern Turkey.
The Kurds are the main ally on the ground in Syria of the USA. The US Americans lead an international coalition, including Turkey, carrying out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq to fight the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS). The US Americans don’t consider the Kurdish fighters to be terrorists, to the frustration of the Turkish government.
The problem here is that the whole NATO alliance (including the USA, Turkey, etc.) officially considders the Kurds in Turkey, allies of the Syrian Kurds, to be ‘terrorists’.
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Saudi Arabia sends troops and fighter jets to military base in Turkey: here.
Why the US is skeptical of Saudi involvement in Syria: here.