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PKK Responds To Turkish Airstrikes w/Threats of Real War

 

 

A Syrian Kurd carrying a picture of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, the founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), takes part in a protest in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli this week, to denounce the Turkish raids on Kurdish positions in northeastern Syria. Photo: AFP/Delil Souleiman
A Syrian Kurd carrying a picture of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, the founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), takes part in a protest in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli this week, to denounce the Turkish raids on Kurdish positions in northeastern Syria. Photo: AFP/Delil Souleiman

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) warns that its armed forces will now fight against what they describe as the fascism of the Turkish ruling party everywhere following Turkey’s recent airstrikes against a PKK-affiliate group in the Shingal in the Kurdistan Region and some Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava).
In a statement, the PKK says its armed wing, the People’s Protection Force (HPG) and its female counterpart YPJ-Star will be deployed to where they are needed.
It grouped together the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and ISIS as ones who have the same goal of crushing the will of the Yezidi people in Shingal, and the people of Syria.
“After the occupation of Jarablus and al-Bab, and the April 24th attack in Shingal and Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan], the PKK has the right to carry out its struggle against the fascism of the AKP and MHP wherever they are,” a statement from the PKK read, as published by its media affiliate ANF News Agency Thursday evening.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by Turkish armed forces captured the two Syrian cities of Jarablus and al-Bab from ISIS in late 2016, and early 2017,respectively.
The People’s Protection Units  (YPG) in Rojava also aimed at the two cities that are close to Turkey’s southern border.
“…the HPGP and the YPJ-Star will be present wherever they are needed,” the PKK declared, raising expectations that they may engage in armed fight against the Turkish forces in Kurdistan Region, and in Syria.
It said that the Turkish airstrikes, which the PKK said happened on Monday while in fact it was on Tuesday, coincided with the anniversary of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks that started on April 24, 1915.
The Turkish air force carried out simultaneous air strikes against the PKK-affiliate group Shingal Protections Units (YBS) and the US-backed YPG on April 25 citing what it described as the elimination of threats against the Turkish national security.
The Turkish fighter jets also bombed a Peshmerga position last Tuesday in Shingal that was in close proximity to the YBS units, killing six Peshmerga and injuring another eight.
Turkish President Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim both called the Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday, expressing their condolences over the killing of Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers in Shingal, emphasizing that the strike happened by “mistake” and that it was not “intentional.”
The United States whose forces are supporting the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria in their drive against ISIS said that the attacks were not approved by the US-led coalition in Iraq or Syria. The US revealed that the Turkish military informed them only 20 minutes before the attacks.
Turkey also said that they informed the Kurdistan Regional Government beforehand.
The PKK insisted that the attacks could not have happened if it did not have green light from regional and international powers, Kurdish authorities in Erbil.

3 ISIS Terrorists Went To Take A Crap On Kirkuk and the Hogs Ate/Killed Them

Wild boars rampage in Kirkuk, leave 3 Islamic State members dead

 

Wild boar (representational photo)

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State militants died late Sunday when wild boars attacked them in southern Kirkuk, a local source was quoted saying.

The animals went on a rampage near a farmland in al-Rashad region, an Islamic State pocket 53 kilometers south of Kirkuk. They attacked the militants and left three killed, according to the source.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that “Daesh (Islamic State) militants took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland,” but did not clarify the method.

Since emerging in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”, IS members have held areas in southwestern Kirkuk, where thousands of civilians had to flee the group’s rule to refugee camps in the province and neighboring cities. Local officials have repeatedly urged the government to hasten with security efforts to liberate IS-held regions in Kirkuk, but the Iraqi government is currently employing its full military power in the six-month-old campaign to retake Mosul, IS’s biggest stronghold in Iraq. It is expected that the government will launch further offensives against IS havens across Iraq once the campaign in Mosul concludes.

Islamic State militants have regularly executed civilians in Kirkuk over accusations of collaboration with security forces or attempting to flee the province to refugee camps.

Russian Intelligence Ship Sinks After Collision In Black Sea

Russian Navy Ship Sinks In Black Sea After Collision With Freighter

Almost 80 Russian Navy sailors were rescued off the coast of Turkey Thursday when a military intelligence ship collided with a freighter carrying livestock.

The Turkish coastal safety authority said the Russian ship, identified as the “Liman.” collided with the Togo-flagged “Youzarsif H.”

Image: The Russian reconnaissance ship Liman, pictured here in 2016 before it sank.
The Russian reconnaissance ship Liman, pictured here in 2016 before it sank. Murad Sezer / Reuters

The Liman is a former research vessel that the Russian navy has retro-fitted into a reconnaissance ship.

Turkish shipping agency GAC said that the collision was caused due to fog and low visibility 18 miles from Kilyos village, on the Black Sea coast just north of Istanbul.

According to the Turkish coastal authority website, a tugboat was dispatched along with three fast rescue vessels to bring the Russian sailors to safety.

In total, 78 were rescued and there were no injuries reported on the freighter.

Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait, which cuts through Istanbul, is one of the world’s most important waterways for transit of oil and grains. The 17-mile waterway connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.