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Re: Thousands in fear of Turkish attack

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:01 pm

Turkish army bolsters
positions in Kurdistan


The Turkish army has established five new outposts in the Kurdistan Region, the mayor of Darkar district in Zakho said on Monday

Turkey has recently stepped up a military campaign targeting Kurdish rebels that has drawn condemnation from Iraqi officials.

Darkar mayor Zerevan Musa said Turkey flew in troops on helicopters and established the outposts on mountains near the villages of Sharanish and Banka, near the Turkish border.

Musa added that the Turks have gone more than 30 kilometres deep into Iraqi territory, in different areas across the Kurdistan Region

Several Turkish airstrikes have hit farms and other sites around Sharanish and Banka villages.

A recent video showed smoke from the airstrikes, and what from a distance appeared to be Turkish troops on a mountainside.

"We demand from both sides, the Turkish government and PKK militants, to keep their fight away from us and leave us alone. We have suffered enough throughout history," said local villager Qadir Sharanshi.

Turkey launched an air and ground offensive into the border region this month in a campaign to root out the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara maintains has bases in the Kurdistan Region.

Five civilians have been killed in various airstrikes as part of Operation Claw-Eagle.

Turkey regularly carries out air and ground attacks against the PKK in the Region.

The offensives have emptied scores of villages in the border area.

Ankara says neither the Iraqi government nor the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have taken measures to combat the group.

Reporting by Associated Press

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/30062020
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Re: Thousands in fear of Turkish attack

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:43 pm

Turkey ups bases 50 percent

Turkish bases in Kurdistan Region increased by 50 percent in two weeks: Kurdish In the Zakho sub-districts of Batifa and Darkar, the roar of Turkish aircraft has become a daily occurrence

Turkey's air campaign (Operation Claw-Eagle), stated to be against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets, has been ongoing since June 15. The campaign has sparked fear among populations across the Zakho, Akre and Amedi districts of Duhok province.

"Bombs and airstrikes aren't stopping," Batifa villager Arif Marouf said. "We are calling on relevant authorities in the KRG to find a solution for this conflict. We urge the PKK in the mountains not to transfer their conflict to our [populated] areas."

According to intelligence information obtained by Rudaw, from 1983 to mid-June 2020, Turkey established military bases in 24 strategic locations in the areas of Kani Masi, Deralok and Shiladze. In that period, Turkey has taken control of nearly 60 villages in Duhok province, according to the intelligence source.

In this latest major air and ground offensive, Turkey has crossed into an area 40-50 kilometers long and 15 kilometers deep, and into Batifa sub-district.

Up until June 15, there were 24 Turkish military bases on Kurdistan Region land, the intelligence source told Rudaw. In the just over two weeks since Claw-Eagle was launched, another 12 military bases have been established.

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Re: Thousands in fear of Turkish attack

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:43 pm

Turkish offensive in Kurdistan Region

The spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi condemned Ankara for its ongoing military operation across the north of the country in a strongly worded statement released Saturday evening

"We strongly reject and condemn these actions that harm the close, long-standing relations between the two friendly nations," Ahmed Mulla Talal wrote in a statement published to Telegram, urging for an "immediate" halt to Ankara's offensive.

Turkey began fresh air and ground military operations in the Kurdistan Region and disputed territories in mid-June, with the stated aim of removing suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets from the area. Five civilians have been confirmed killed by Turkish airstrikes.

Talal described Turkey's offensive as "detrimental" to "regional peace," accusing Ankara of violating Iraqi sovereignty.

Iraq's foreign ministry previously summoned the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad, but has failed to halt Turkey's offensive.

The spokesperson says Iraq has already sent two letters to Turkey's ambassador to Iraq, and says Baghdad will be forced to resort to “international law” to stop Ankara.

"We hold the Turkish side responsible for the legal and moral responsibility for all the human and material losses that occur,” he added.

Turkey's offensive, according to the statement, violates "the stability, territorial integrity and security of the [Iraqi] people."

Scores of villages in the Kurdistan Region border areas have been emptied amid years of Turkish airstrikes.

In a statement released last Friday, the Turkish defense ministry denied that its military has ever harmed civilians, and said it only targets "terrorists."

UN officials have already voiced concern that Iraq has not raised the issue of Turkish airstrikes with the UN Security Council.

"On the Turkish-Iraqi conflict, we see this with concern. There has not been a demand for this item to be on the agenda of the security council," Christoph Heusgen, German Ambassador to the United Nations told Rudaw.

The US State Department last week called for coordination between Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to "defeat" the PKK, an armed group fighting for greater rights for Kurds in Turkey.

"The United States calls on Turkey and Iraq, including the KRG, to work together to defeat the PKK," a spokesperson told Rudaw late Wednesday.

Iraqi border forces in Zakho have set up bases in "strategic" positions in order to de-escalate clashes between Turkish forces and the PKK.

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Re: Thousands in fear of Turkish attack

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:11 am

Lack of action on Turkish airstrikes

UN officials have voiced concern that Iraq has not raised the issue of Turkish airstrikes with the UN Security Council

"On the Turkish-Iraqi conflict, we see this with concern. There has not been a demand for this item to be on the agenda of the security council," Christoph Heusgen, German Ambassador to the United Nations, told Rudaw.

Turkey began fresh air and ground military operations in the Kurdistan Region and disputed territories in mid-June, with the stated aim of removing suspected Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) targets from the area. Five civilians have been confirmed killed by Turkish airstrikes.

According to information obtained by Rudaw's Majeed Gly, Iraq has just sent one letter to the security council since the start of the operations, which only detailed the time and places of the Turkey's bombardments.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, has called for de-escalation in the border areas and affirmed “support” for Iraq’s sovereignty.

"We have always been very supportive of the territorial integrity of Iraq," Dujarric said.

In a question from Gly last week, Gutteres was not ready to declare his position on the Turkish operation.

Iraq’s foreign ministry has previously summoned the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad but this has failed to halt Turkey's offensive.

The US State Department last week called for coordination between Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to “defeat” the PKK, an armed group fighting for greater rights for Kurds in Turkey.

"The United States calls on Turkey and Iraq, including the KRG, to work together to defeat the PKK," a spokesperson told Rudaw late Wednesday.

According to intelligence information obtained by Rudaw, from 1983 to mid-June 2020, Turkey has established military bases in 24 strategic locations in Duhok province.

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