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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Aug 25, 2023 11:47 pm

Turkish state bombs South Kurdistan

The Turkish state bombed South Kurdistan three times, killing 4 civilians in a drone attack on Mergemîr in Bradost.

The Turkish state bombed South Kurdistan (North Iraq) three times while the Kurdish regional government officials were meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan.

Four civilians were killed as a result of the attack, carried out by drones in Mergemîr in Bradost.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Aug 26, 2023 12:57 pm

Baghdad Designate PKK terrorist organization

Turkey's Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has in his recent visit to Baghdad passed on Ankara's request for the federal Iraqi government to designate the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) a "terrorist organization", according to Iraqi media reports

"Turkey has called on Iraq to classify the PKK as a terrorist organization, and to prevent Iraqi territory from being used to carry out armed attacks inside Turkish territory," the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Friday, quoting an official from Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Arabic language electronic newspaper also added that Fidan "provided documents and aerial photographs to Iraqi officials showing how PKK fighters move from inside Iraq to Turkey and carry out attacks, also showing their armed activities in Qandil, Makhmour, Sidekan, Zap and other areas in Sulaymaniyah province."

Turkey and the PKK have been embroiled in a protracted armed conflict for the past four decades. The conflict has led to far-reaching consequences, extending beyond Turkish borders and reaching mainland Kurdistan Region, where the PKK continues to keep its hideouts in remote areas and inaccessible mountainous areas of Qandil and Badinan.

The presence of the PKK in the Kurdistan Region often draws Turkish air strikes and artillery shelling, targeting PKK positions. Many innocent civilians have lost their lives in Turkey's cross-border operations, which have also forced thousands of residential villages to evacuate and many beautiful mountainous resorts to close down.

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I am not surprised as the PKK invasion into Kurdistan and Iraq has caused a great deal of hardship and unrest in the area

The situation goes back a few years ago while Turkey was contemplating joining the EU

The EU gave Turkey a list commitments they needed to comply with - within a few short weeks, and with almost no change - the same list emerged as Ocalan,s road map to the Kurds which was used to TRICK the PKK into moving it's army into Iraq and Kurdistan

Almost overnight the proud freedom fighters of the PKK were left homeless and causeless

The PKK still refer to it's fighters as Freedom Fighters while the HDP tell Kurds they must no longer fight for freedom but argue for a few extra rights


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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Aug 30, 2023 4:57 pm

Two PKK Fighters Neutralized

Turkey's National Defense Ministry has announced that its forces "neutralized" two fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in an aerial operation in the Kurdistan Region

“No matter where they are, we continue to demolish the lairs of PKK terrorists right over their heads,” Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday, citing a statement from the country's defense ministry.

Ankara uses the term "neutralize" to imply actions like killing, capturing, or surrendering in relation to its operations against the PKK.

Also this week, a high-ranking commander of the Kurdistan Workers' Party was eliminated in a Turkish drone strike on Gara mountain in the Kurdistan Region.

Additionally, a separate drone attack in the Sidakan subdistrict of Erbil province last Thursday resulted in the reported killing of a commander and two fighters linked to the PKK. This ongoing conflict between Turkey and the PKK has endured for decades, causing deadly consequences that stretch beyond Turkey's borders.

The PKK maintains its strongholds in the challenging and remote mountainous areas of the Kurdistan Region, which frequently experience Turkish airstrikes and artillery barrages. These attacks not only harm civilians, but have also led to the desertion of numerous villages and extensive farmlands and mountain resorts.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Aug 31, 2023 12:42 am

Both Turkey and PKK invaders

Resistance continues unabated to the Turkish invasion of the guerrilla invaded Medya Defence Zones in Southern Kurdistan. Neither belong in Kurdistan and both cause harm

According to the statement released by the Press Office of the People's Defence Forces (HPG) on Tuesday, four soldiers of the Turkish army were killed during guerrilla actions from 27 to 29 August.

Heftanîn region

On 21 August, YJA Star guerrillas seized a military camera in the Xantur area.

On 25 August, guerrillas struck and damaged a military position on Girê Koordîne in the Bektorya area with heavy weapons.

Zap region

On 28 August, guerrillas hit the occupation forces in Sîda Resistance Area.

Gire Cudi Resistance Area in Şehîd Delîl, western Zap region

On 27 August, YJA Star guerrillas struck the occupation forces with heavy weapons and damaged three positions.

On 28 August, the guerrillas carried out repeated strikes against the occupation forces from midnight to evening with heavy weapons. The actions left four soldiers dead and four positions severely damaged. In addition, a surveillance camera and a load of explosives of the Turkish troops were destroyed by YJA Star guerrillas.

On 29 August, YJA Star guerrillas damaged a position of the occupation forces as a result of strikes with heavy weapons.

Attacks by the Turkish army

On the other hand, HPG reported continued attacks by the Turkish army in the guerrilla areas. Accordingly, fighter jets carried out at least six air strikes on 28-29 August.

Five of these attacks were directed against Gundê Şêlazê and Gundê Bêşîlî in Metîna, while another targeted the Girê Amêdîyê Resistance Area in the western part of the Zap region. In addition, various areas in Zap, Metîna and Xakurke were bombed dozens of times by artillery.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 05, 2023 11:39 pm

Airstrike Hits PKK in Qandil

A Turkish military aircraft on Tuesday carried out an airstrike against a vehicle belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the region of Qandil, with possible casualties yet to be known

The incident occurred in the village of Bokriskan in Qandil area, where the PKK has positions. Kurdistan 24 said that the airstrike caused material damage to the area, but that there have been no reports of casualties as of now.

Bakr Bayaz, the mayor of Pishder, also confirmed the airstrike but noted that the extent of casualties or property damage remains unknown.

A video posted on social media by the report showed a significant fire at the scene of the bombing. Nevertheless, authorities have not yet provided a detailed assessment of the damage.

The prolonged conflict between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has had consequences that go beyond Turkey's borders. The PKK's strongholds in the rugged mountains of the Kurdistan Region often bear the brunt of Turkish airstrikes and artillery attacks, leading to civilian casualties and the abandonment of numerous villages and agricultural lands.

Last month on August 24th, Turkish drones targeted and killed six PKK members, including three officials, in separate attacks in Sulaymaniyah province.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 06, 2023 6:06 pm

Turkish bombs scorch farmland

Turkish air forces bombarded several areas in Sulaimani province in the early hours of Friday morning, damaging the orchards and farms of villagers, a local official said. Ankara claimed it only targeted alleged positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and was careful not to harm civilian property

Turkish warplanes and drones bombarded the vicinity of Galala village ten times, Kamaran Hassan, mayor of Mawat district, which includes the village in northern Sulaimani province, told Rudaw. The attack damaged farms and orchards and sparked a fire that burned from midnight to 10 o’clock the next morning.

“A number of other areas close to Mount Asos were bombarded too, but there were no casualties or material loss,” he said.

The Turkish defence ministry said in a statement that it “destroyed” the mouths of 16 caves, four shelters, and two depots allegedly belonging to the PKK in airstrikes on Mount Asos and Mount Qandil.

“Before the operation, the targets were carefully chosen, and maximum attention and sensitivity was paid to the safety of lives and property of the civilian population and the protection of historical, religious, cultural assets,” said the ministry.

Eastern Kurdistan Units (YRK), a PKK-affiliated force fighting against Iran, denied the PKK had been hit and accused Turkey of publishing misinformation. Turkish forces “only damaged the farms and orchards of the residents of the area,” it was cited by PKK-affiliated Rojnews as saying.

The PKK is an armed group which claims to struggle for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. It is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara, which has launched numerous operations against the group and its alleged offshoots in the Kurdistan Region and Syria.

Kurdish civilians and rights organizations have criticized Turkey’s military campaign as civilian lives and property are frequently caught in the crossfire.

In a recent escalation of its activity in Sulaimani province, Ankara has carried out drone attacks on busy roads that link major urban centres, leading to civilian deaths.

Kamaran Osman, a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a human rights organisation that monitors Turkey's operations in the Kurdistan Region, told Rudaw last month that Turkish forces had targeted 82 sites in the Kurdistan Region since the beginning of this year. In these attacks, eight civilians were killed and three others were injured.

According to CPT data, Ankara has killed at least 147 people and injured 219 since 2015. During this period, 158 villages were abandoned because life there had become impossible. About 600 others are under threat of being emptied as well.

The US consulate in Erbil told Rudaw English in mid-August that it condemned “any loss of civilian life” in the drone strikes in Sulaimani and called on Turkey to coordinate cross-border operations with authorities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

During his first visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region as Turkey’s foreign minister, Hakan Fidan last month called on Iraqi authorities to recognize the PKK as a terrorist organization.

Turkish state media on Saturday claimed that a PKK fighter, Rezan Gungen, was killed by Turkish forces in Sulaimani province. The PKK had announced his death on August 10, saying he was killed four days earlier on Mount Qandil.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 18, 2023 12:51 pm

Turkey hit 30 PKK targets

Turkish defence ministry on Saturday announced that it had targeted over 30 alleged Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) positions inside the Kurdistan Region in recent days, causing many casualties

The ministry said in a statement that “a total of 31 targets, including caves, bunkers, shelters and warehouses,” of the PKK on Mount Gara were “destroyed” when its air forces hit the Kurdish armed group on Wednesday and Friday.

“Many terrorists were neutralised,” claimed the ministry.

Turkey uses the term neutralised to denote adversaries captured, wounded, or killed.

Mount Gara is located in Duhok province where Turkey's code-named Operation Claw-Lock continues. The offensive was launched in April last year.

Locals told Rudaw on Tuesday that the Turkish air forces had been bombarding mountainous areas in Duhok for three successive nights.

Turkey has recently upped its attacks against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region. It has also intensified its targeting of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria due to their alleged ties with the PKK.

The PKK is an armed group that struggles for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. It is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara, which has launched numerous operations against the group and its alleged offshoots in the Kurdistan Region and Syria.

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Re: STOP making Kurdistan a target for Turkish bombs

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 18, 2023 12:56 pm

Turkey hit 30 PKK targets

Turkish defence ministry on Saturday announced that it had targeted over 30 alleged Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) positions inside the Kurdistan Region in recent days, causing many casualties

The ministry said in a statement that “a total of 31 targets, including caves, bunkers, shelters and warehouses,” of the PKK on Mount Gara were “destroyed” when its air forces hit the Kurdish armed group on Wednesday and Friday.

“Many terrorists were neutralised,” claimed the ministry.

Turkey uses the term neutralised to denote adversaries captured, wounded, or killed.

Mount Gara is located in Duhok province where Turkey's code-named Operation Claw-Lock continues. The offensive was launched in April last year.

Locals told Rudaw on Tuesday that the Turkish air forces had been bombarding mountainous areas in Duhok for three successive nights.

Turkey has recently upped its attacks against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region. It has also intensified its targeting of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria due to their alleged ties with the PKK.

The PKK is an armed group that struggles for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. It is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara, which has launched numerous operations against the group and its alleged offshoots in the Kurdistan Region and Syria.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 28, 2023 2:11 am

Turkish warplanes bomb Rawanduz

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish warplanes on Wednesday bombed the village of Bokriskan in the Warte subdistrict of Rawanduz

Although Muslih Zirar, the director of the Warte subdistrict, announced that two people were injured in a bombing, one of the injured victims succumbed to the wounds she sustained from the aerial bombardment.

The deceased has been identified as Asti Muhammed and an injured victim has been identified as Mirza Briam.

Recently, there has been an uptick in airstrikes in the Warte area by Turkish warplanes, which are targeting suspected positions of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants.

The PKK and Ankara have been engaged in a bloody military conflict since the mid-1980s, resulting in the deaths of about 55,000 people.

Bolstered by its advanced drone industry, Turkey has ramped up its drone strikes in recent years, particularly in the urban centers of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, to target suspected PKK positions.

Kurdistan Region officials regularly call on Baghdad, officially in charge of border security affairs, to prevent insurgents and foreign militaries from engaging in hostilities within its territory. Officials have voiced concerns about the increasing presence of foreign militia forces in the area.

Much of the conflict has been fought in the border areas of the Kurdistan Region, which has endangered civilian populations.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 28, 2023 7:24 pm

Done attack on a village in Qandil

Two consecutive drone attacks by Turkey in the region of Binarê Qendîl in northern Iraq have resulted in casualties

Turkey bombed the community of Binarê Qendîl in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on Wednesday morning. According to information from the region, the village of Bokrîskan was hit by two successive drone strikes.

    The co-mayor of Binarê Qendîl, Serwîn Celal, told RojNews: "An unmanned armed drone of the Turkish state bombed the village of Bokrîstan twice in a row today. One woman was seriously injured in the attack and hospitalised. There was also heavy damage to property in the bombing."
Mirza Îbrahim and Estî Muhammed were taken to the hospital in Ranya. Estî Muhammed could not be saved and succumbed to serious injuries. Mirza Îbrahim is still receiving treatment in Ranya.

At the beginning of September, the town hall of Binarê Qendîl was bombed by a Turkish combat drone. During the attack, a truck was hit in front of the building. The bombing started a fire, which caused considerable damage to property. There are a total of 63 smaller and larger villages in the town that are repeatedly subjected to Turkish attacks.

According to a report by the local government, at least 25 civilians were killed in such attacks between 2007 and 2021, and dozens were injured. The Turkish state's most deadly attack in Binarê Qendîl so far was the Zergelê massacre in August 2015. Fighter jets had bombed the village in three waves of attacks, killing eight people from the civilian population. Another 15 people were injured, some of them seriously.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 01, 2023 10:01 pm

Turkey destroys 20 PKK sites

Yeni Safak cites the Interior Ministry as saying that one of the Ankara attackers had been identified as a PKK member

The Turkish Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday that its forces carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq and destroyed 20 targets belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) following a suicide attack that rocked Ankara earlier.

    "Air strikes have been conducted against objects of terrorists in the areas of Metina, Hakurk. Kandil and Gara. As many as 20 objects of terrorists have been destroyed, a large number of terrorists have been killed," the Ministry said in a statement
The PKK, listed as a "terror group" by Turkey and its Western allies, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that injured two police officers.

The Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak also cited the Interior Ministry as saying that one of the attackers had been identified as a PKK member.

"A sacrificial action was carried out against the Turkish Interior Ministry by a team from our Immortal Brigade," the PKK told the ANF news agency, which is close to the party.

Hours after the blast, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "terrorists" will never achieve their aims.

The powerful explosion outside the Interior Ministry, which was followed by large flames, was heard several kilometers away from the site of the attack.

The targeted district is home to several other ministries and the Turkish parliament, which reopened as planned in the afternoon with an address from Erdogan.

"The villains who threaten the peace and security of citizens have not achieved their objectives and will never achieve them," Erdogan told the parliament.

The Turkish Interior Ministry said two attackers arrived in a commercial vehicle around 9:30 am (0630 GMT) in front of "the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of our Ministry of the Interior, and carried out a bomb attack."

"One of the terrorists blew himself up. The other was killed by a bullet to the head before he had a chance to blow himself up," Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya explained in a press statement outside the Ministry.

"Two of our police officers were lightly injured" in the exchange of fire, but their lives were not in danger, he added.

The Ankara police headquarters said on social media platform X that it was carrying out "controlled explosions" of "suspicious packages" to prevent other explosions.

The Ankara prosecutor's office said it was opening an investigation and banned access to the area. Local media were asked to stop broadcasting images from the scene of the attack.

It is noteworthy that the Turkish capital has been the scene of several attacks, particularly during the years 2015 and 2016 -- many claimed by the PKK or ISIS.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Oct 04, 2023 12:25 am

Warplanes strike South Kurdistan

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish warplanes on Tuesday struck the surroundings of several Kurdistan Region areas, including Warte, Raparin, the Qandil mountain range, and Mawat district, according to Kurdistan 24 reporters Aras Amin and Aram Baxtiyar

The reporters explained that Turkish warplanes began bombing at 8:00 p.m. and the number of casualties is currently unknown.

Meanwhile, the director of the Warte sub-district of Rawanduz, Muslih Zirar, has informed Kurdistan 24 that Turkish warplanes have bombed the Bokriskan and Zargali areas.

Kamran Hassan, mayor of Mawat district, told Kurdistan 24 that Turkish warplanes bombed Baski Qale around 8:00 p.m.

Furthermore, a statement issued by the Turkish Defense Ministry indicated that 16 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in Kurdistan had been bombed on Tuesday.

Previously on Sunday night, several Turkish warplanes bombed the Bermka mountain range near Dolla Raq and Dolli Blayan in the Choman district.

The recent increase in airstrikes by Turkey is seen as retaliation against the PKK after the militant group claimed responsibility for Sunday’s Ankara bombing.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Oct 13, 2023 2:27 am

Turkey-PKK Conflict Continues

The ongoing military conflict between the Turkish army and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has heavily affected the tourism sector in Southern Kurdistan a Kurdish official said on Thursday

PKK bases and headquarters are near the picturesque villages of Qandil Mountain and Warte area, the local population lives under the constant shadow of Turkish airstrikes, Rwanduz Mayor Ahmed Qadir told BasNews.

"The villages of Qandil Mountain and Warte district are close to the PKK bases and headquarters," Qadir noted, adding that the proximity has caused a state of fear and anxiety among the residents. Tragically, the situation has led to casualties among the local population due to Turkish bombings.

The region has witnessed a series of airstrikes throughout 2023, resulting in loss of life and property for the people living in these areas. The PKK's presence has also hindered the prosperity of numerous villages, with six of them now facing potential danger.

Despite the natural beauty of these areas, the Kurdish official pointed out that PKK activities have made it impossible for tourists to visit and enjoy these picturesque locations.

The ongoing conflict between Turkey and the PKK has far-reaching implications for many parts of Kurdistan, where the PKK's presence in challenging mountainous terrain has made it a frequent target for Turkish military actions.

As a consequence, many civilian casualties have occurred, forcing villagers to abandon their homes, while vast agricultural lands remain neglected, affecting the livelihoods of the local population.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Oct 14, 2023 6:34 pm

Pkk Commander Killed in Duhok

A Turkish drone attack on Saturday targeted a PKK vehicle in Duhok province, killing a commander and two fighters, according to a statement released by Kurdistan Region's Counter-Terrorism Unit

The airstrike happened this evening on a road between the villages of Miska and Dargaley near Kanimase in Duhok’s Amedi district.

Turkey has stepped up its airstrikes in the Kurdistan Region and neighboring Syria following a PKK suicide attack on Ankara's national police headquarters earlier this month. A Turkish drone bombed Camp Makhmur near Erbil city on Friday, injuring at least seven camp residents.

For the past four decades, Turkey and the PKK have been locked in a prolonged armed conflict, with far-reaching consequences across different areas of the Kurdistan Region.

The PKK's presence in Kurdistan has resulted in numerous civilian casualties, the displacement of thousands of villagers, and the abandonment of many mountain resorts and significant agricultural lands

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FACT: Turkey is 20 times larger than Southern Kurdistan, that is where the PKK belong.

They should NOT be in Southern Kurdistan making a target for innocent Kurds and their lands

Southern Kurdistan is the MOST peaceful and MOST progressive part of Kurdistan
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 15, 2023 11:21 am

Turkish soldier killed by PKK

A Turkish soldier was killed in battle with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the mountains of the Kurdistan Region, the defense ministry announced on Friday

The ministry said in a statement that a sergeant was killed by “harassment fire” by the PKK.

The armed wing of the PKK on Friday claimed that its forces killed 29 Turkish soldiers in Kurdistan Region’s Zap area, Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported.

    Ankara has intensified its attacks on alleged positions of the PKK over the past two weeks after the group carried out an attack on a government building in the capital Ankara
The PKK is an armed group that for decades has fought for the rights of Kurds in Turkey. It is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara, which has launched numerous operations against the group and its alleged offshoots in the Kurdistan Region and Syria.

Since 2019, Turkey has carried out several operations against the PKK in Kurdistan Region’s northern Duhok province. Operation Claw was launched in 2019 in Khakurk. This was followed by Claw-Tiger in June 2020. The third offensive was a ground and air cross-border operation, dubbed Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt, launched in April 2021.

Turkey sent its army back into the Kurdistan Region in April of last year, launching Operation Claw-Lock with the goal of targeting PKK positions in Metina, Zap, Avashin, and Basyan areas in northern Duhok province to remove the group from the border areas and cut off its access to mainland Turkey.

In February, the PKK unilaterally announced a truce with Turkey following the devastating earthquake that killed over 50,000 people. The truce did not stop Ankara from continuing its operations in the region and the PKK ended the ceasefire in June.

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