Turkish government attacks anti-ISIS Syrian Kurds


This video says about itself:

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.

Turkish government bombs ISIS opponents in Iraq


Erdogan and ISIS, cartoon

This cartoon shows Turkish President Erdogan on the one hand stopping Syrian Kurdish refugees from fleeing to Turkey, on the other hand letting in ISIS fighters into Syria.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The Turkish Air Force was also in action last night against targets of the Kurdish movement PKK in northern Iraq.

The PKK and their Syrian Kurdish allies were the only effective force preventing the planned massacre by ISIS of the Yazidi minority in Iraq.

From F-16s Turkish pilots fired at air defense and training camps of PKK fighters. Other Kurdish targets were bombarded from Turkish territory.

Turkey for the last time in 2013 waged air strikes against Kurdish positions in northern Iraq.

By the Turkish correspondent of the World Socialist Web Site:

Turkey joins US war in Syria

25 July 2015

Over the past two days, Turkey’s government has executed a sharp shift in its foreign policy, aligning itself more closely with Washington’s military strategy in the region and effectively becoming an active part of the US-led “coalition” waging war in Iraq and Syria.

For a long time, Ankara had refrained from supporting the US-led war, ostensibly aimed against the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS), insisting on a policy aimed at toppling the government of President Bashar al-Assad and covertly supporting ISIS, both against the Syrian regime and against Kurdish nationalists.

On Wednesday, however, US President Barack Obama and Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan agreed in a phone call to work together to secure the Turkish-Syrian border and fight against ISIS.

On Thursday, US officials announced an agreement allowing the US to carry out aerial attacks on IS positions from Turkish air bases at İncirlik and Diyarbakir. The Turkish government also agreed on the arming of the US Predator drones being launched from the İncirlik air base.

According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News, the deal, treated by the Turkish side as a “secret cabinet decree,” also includes plans for a “buffer zone” in northern Syria, something Ankara has long demanded as a means of escalating the war for regime change in Syria.

Gen. John Allen, Obama’s special envoy to the so-called coalition against ISIS, denied this during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado Thursday, saying that it “was not part of the discussion.”

State Department spokesman Mark Toner, however, cast doubt on this denial, stating in Washington that, while the Obama administration has concerns “about some of the logistical challenges inherent in a buffer zone…we obviously take threats to Turkey’s border seriously… So, we’re looking at options,” he said.

If this “option” is included in the deal, Turkey’s entry into the anti-ISIS campaign is being joined with a qualitative escalation of the US intervention in Syria.

A senior US official described the agreement as a “game changer.” The Turkish air bases are much closer to the Syrian border than those in Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and the Persian Gulf, from which US warplanes have operated until now. This will allow American combat aircraft and drones to respond much faster to intelligence information and attack more frequently. Spy aircraft can stay longer in the air.

Also on Thursday, the Turkish military directly joined the war against ISIS. Tanks and artillery shelled militants across the border. Early on Friday, for the first time ever, Turkish fighter jets attacked ISIS bases in Syria. They hit two headquarters and one “assembly point” of the group, according to the Turkish government. It stated that the decision for the attack was taken at a security meeting on Thursday. Government officials also claimed that no Turkish troops or warplanes crossed the Syrian border during these operations.

While joining the US war against ISIS, Ankara is simultaneously stepping up its offensive against Kurdish nationalist groups, which are openly or tacitly aligned with Washington in the fight against ISIS, and against the social and political opposition inside Turkey.

The Turkish ruling class fears the consolidation of a Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria by the PYD/YPG, an offset of the PKK, a Kurdish separatist guerrilla group in Turkey. It is combining the fight against ISIS with an ever-growing pressure on the PYG-YPG and the PKK. The so-called “peace process” with the PKK and its imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan is considered as good as dead. The government is also attacking the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), the legal Kurdish party that won 13 percent of the vote in the last election, depriving the ruling AKP of its majority.

On Thursday, when the Turkish army joined the war against ISIS, some 5,000 Turkish police officers, backed by helicopters and armored cars, launched raids on suspected ISIS and PKK members in Istanbul and in 13 provinces across Turkey. At least 250 people were arrested and one woman, a member of a leftist organization, was shot.

Prime Minister Davutoğlu said that the government was determined to fight all “terrorist“ groups “without distinction.” He also sharply attacked the HDP, declaring that it is an offshoot of a terrorist organization. Government critics, however, have charged that the majority of those arrested were not members or supporters of ISIS, but rather Kurdish activists, leftists and Turkish political opponents of the government.

The immediate reason given for the shift in Turkish policy is Monday’s terrorist attack in the town of Suruç, where an ISIS suicide bomber killed 32 people and wounded some 100, followed by an ISIS attack on Turkish soldiers at the Syrian border. ISIS militants opened fire, killing a soldier and wounding four, when Turkish authorities did not permit a wounded ISIS member to cross the border for medical treatment, according to the Turkish media.

But the shift in foreign policy was clearly prepared long before. The US-led wars in the Middle East have destabilized the entire region and undermined the neo-Ottoman ambitions of Erdoğan’s AKP to make Turkey a leading regional power.

Early this month, a large delegation from the Pentagon led by General Allen, the US special presidential envoy, and US Undersecretary of Defense Christine Wormuth arrived in Ankara to meet Turkish officials.

Originally Ankara, Washington and its Arab allies worked closely together in undermining the Syrian regime and arming Islamist groups opposed to Damascus. But when ISIS expanded into Iraq and endangered the regime in Baghdad, Washington made a political turn. It bombed ISIS and, much to the dismay of Ankara, aligned itself with Iraqi Kurdish groups. The recent agreement between Iran and the USA further undermines the rapidly declining influence of Ankara.

By joining the war against ISIS and simultaneously escalating the confrontation with the Kurdish nationalist groups, Ankara is trying to win back some influence on the course of events. By doing so, it is escalating the ethnic and sectarian tensions in Syria, Turkey and the entire region, posing a deadly danger for the working class.

A second, no less important, reason for Ankara’s warmongering is the escalating social and political tensions at home. … A member of the HDP was killed by an “unidentified murderer.” The Turkish Prime Minister’s Office stated that the government would take “any necessary measures to protect public order and national security.”

Having lost its working majority in parliament in last May’s election, and unable to form a coalition holding more than half the seats, the ruling AKP is likely to be forced to call another snap election. It fears even greater losses, with anger over the Suruç [massacre] fueling opposition to the government as well as support for the new pro-Kurdish HDP.

Outrage over the Suruç atrocity has led to a number of demonstrations denouncing ISIS as well as what is widely seen as the Turkish government’s complicity with the Islamist group, all of which have been met with state violence.

On Friday, Turkish police in Istanbul using tear gas and rubber bullets broke up a demonstration of several hundred people. The protesters had raised slogans denouncing the ISIS terrorist bombing in Suruç as well as the government for allowing the Islamist group to operate on Turkish soil. A much larger “march for peace” has been called for Sunday by the main Kurdish parties.

Investigate ISIS activities in Turkey, MP asks


This video from Turkey says about itself:

1250 wounded ISIS terrorists were hospitalized in Turkey

17 November 2014

Many Turkish physicians and nurses are disgruntled and tired of treating savage Islamist terrorists who are responsible for ultimate brutality and horrible bloodshed in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

From ANF news agency in Turkey:

HDP submits resolution for the investigation of ‘ISIS activities’ in Turkey

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

HDP Urfa Parliamentarian Ziya Çalışkan offered a resolution for the investigation of ISIS activities and actions in Turkey.

In his resolution, Çalışkan stated that it has been a necessity to investigate the activities, mobilization efforts, and actions of the terrorist organization ISIS in Turkey. Çalışkan emphasized that the elimination of the murderer gangs had critical importance for the peace, security and well being of Turkey.

‘ISIS ACTIVITIES ENCOURAGED’

Çalışkan touched upon the Suruç massacre and said that the heinous ISIS attack was intertwined with the Turkish state’s policies on Syria. Çalışkan stated that these policies deepen the bloodbath in Syria, make the chaos in the region less predictable and distance Turkey from peace. Noting that Suruç massacre would not be the last ISIS attack, Çalışkan recalled the public criticism of media outlets’ portrayal of ISIS as excusable. Çalışkan said that ISIS activities in Turkey have either been ignored or seen as mundane events, which encouraged the gangs’ actions. Çalışkan emphasized that the government’s defense against ISIS over the past 3 years have been centered around the view that ISIS was not a threat for Turkey.

ISIS ATTACKS

In his resolution, Çalışkan reminded the ISIS attacks in Hatay’s Reyhanlı district (11 May 2013), Niğde (20 March 2014), Mosul Consulate (11 June 2014), Süleyman Şah Tomb (1 October 2014), İstanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood (6 January 2015), Süleyman Şah Tomb (22 February 2015), HDP Adana and Mersin headquarters (18 May 2015), and HDP Diyarbakır rally (5 June 2015). Finally, Çalışkan stated that it was inevitable for civilian politics and the parliament to settle old scores with the terrorist organization ISIS that is trying to draw Turkey into the bloodbath and civil war in Syria.

ISIS terrorist on Turkish beach: here.