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Abdul-Mahdi and Erdogan discuss action against PKK

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu May 02, 2019 9:32 am

PKK supporters disturb peace in London

The activities of terrorist PKK sympathizers in London over the past week have come under more scrutiny, with some asking why backers of an illegal group are allowed to gather, mobilize publicly, and even freely raid media and human rights organizations

Groups of protestors carrying PKK flags, banners, and posters -- bearing the insignia of the illegal group or the likeness of its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan -- have been seen on the streets of the British capital.

A group of 50 PKK sympathizers invaded a building in London last Wednesday where the offices of Turkish international news channel TRT World and Britain’s ITV are located.

Another group on Saturday night invaded Amnesty International’s entrance and manhandled a security officer before being removed by police who were called to the scene.

In both incidents, the groups hung up posters and symbols of the terrorist organization PKK/YPG and freely and openly showed their solidarity with terrorism.

The PKK is a banned organization in the U.K. and anybody seem openly praising its terrorist activities should face prosecution.

The supporters have been observed shouting anti-Turkish slogans and were able to mount propaganda without interference from the authorities, despite laws that deem some of their actions on these marches criminal offences.

Amnesty arrests

"It is with considerable regret that Amnesty International can confirm that just before 10 p.m. a group of approximately 40 protesters rushed the door and forcibly entered the offices of the organization's International Secretariat in London,” the rights group said in a statement.

“A security guard was pushed and pulled to the ground and trampled underfoot,” it said.

Amnesty also said the police were called to the scene and they “assessed the situation and determined that criminal offenses had been committed and took action to remove those occupying the building.”

“Regretfully some of the protesters refused to leave and the police had to arrest and physically remove them," it added.

Loopholes

Supporters of the terrorist group are known for their attacks on Turkish workplaces and mosques across Europe.

Although the group is banned in the U.K., the police have tolerated activities by its supporters, including rallies.

In 2016 rallies, two young Turkish citizens were attacked, a policeman was injured, and some members of the general public were harassed by PKK supporters.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan last year said that the PKK terrorist group takes advantage of loopholes in the U.K. to prevent counter-measures by the Metropolitan Police.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency in 2018, Khan said the loopholes that allow occasional demonstrations to be held by PKK supporters in the U.K. capital are not acceptable, adding that the Metropolitan Police ought to act against any banned organizations.

“I think it’s very important for the government and the home secretary to close those loopholes,” Khan said.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years and has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

The YPG/PYD is its Syrian branch.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/london- ... y-/1465168
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat May 04, 2019 11:40 pm

U.S. raised salaries of PKK members in Syria

The United States has increased the salaries of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members in Syria by $78 per militant, Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak said , citing the Syrian Turkmen Association President Ekrem Dede

Ankara sees both the PKK and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which forms the backbone of the U.S.-led coalition forces fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, as sister organisations.

The PKK, which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years is designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The U.S. support to the YPG has been a source of tension between two NATO allies over the last several years, as for Ankara the territorial gains of the YPG pose national security risks for Turkey.

According to Yeni Şafak, a U.S. delegation composed of officials from the State Department and the Pentagon visited Syria last month and pledged a $30 million financial aid for the construction of military posts, recruitment of additional fighters, and increasing salaries.

The U.S. delegation ordered the PKK representatives to increase the number of their fighters to 100,000 till the end of the year, Yeni Şafak quoted Dede as saying.

Following the meetings between the U.S. delegation, the PKK sent official notification to its fighters that their salaries would be increased to $291 from $213 as of May, the daily said.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu May 16, 2019 12:20 am

Abdul-Mahdi and Erdogan
discuss action against PKK


Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi visited Turkey on Wednesday, halfway through a deadly month of clashes between the Kurdistan Workers' Party and Turkish forces within Iraq's borders

Security was high on the agenda in his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which Iraqi-Turkey relations were "evaluated in all dimensions," Erdogan said in a joint press conference.

The Iraqi Prime Minister issued a "rejection" of the use of "Iraqi soil" to launch attacks on Turkey, in reference to the PKK-Turkey clashes in the Kurdistan Region that have intensified in recent days - a reiteration of the stance he took at his weekly press conference in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Abdul-Mahdi said the struggle against the "terror groups" of Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State) and the PKK must be "decisive".

Among the developments made was the signing of a military cooperation agreement. Abdul-Mahdi said the agreement actually dated back to 2008 and had not been "activated", but that now was an important time to do so. Erdogan said that he had authorized for the ministries of "defense, military affairs and security" to meet with their counterparts in Baghdad as a next step.

Abdul-Mahdi described Iraq as "stable and secure" with the Islamic State reduced to working in isolated "sleeper cells", where they must not be given any opportunity to be "rebuild" - remarks that come despite the apparent resurgence of IS in the town of Makhmour.

During the joint press conference, both leaders emphasized the constancy of Turkey's support for Iraq. According to Abdul-Mahdi, Turkey has "always been on Iraq's side", assisting Iraq in combating terrorism and hosting Iraqi refugees. Erdogan discussed previous assistance to Iraq with regards to water, citing the "support" it gave during droughts over the last few years.

Water has been a point of contention for the two countries for years. Turkey has been building a series of dams as part of the infrastructurally major Southeastern Anatolia Project, significantly decreasing available water levels in downstream Iraq.

Among the solutions proposed by Erdogan was the sharing of expertise surrounding irrigation technologies and the construction of dams so that the water Turkey "gives" to Iraq can be saved. He also announced a 50-person working group, led by special presidential envoy to Iraq Veysel Eroglu, produce an action plan for Iraq's water and an imminent visit by the working group to Iraq.

Both Erdogan and Abdul-Mahdi underlined their discussions on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline that transports Iraqi oil to Turkey. Iraq has been planning to increase output from Kirkuk oilfields since the resumption of crude exports from the province in November 2018.

The pipeline had been shut for a year due to disputes between the central Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and its output still pales in comparison to 2017 levels, a deficiency Turkey has repeatedly expressed a desire to rectify.

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