What happened in Dağlıca, when is the Mosul operation? - ABDÜLKADIR SELVI

What happened in Dağlıca, when is the Mosul operation?

It is a sunny day in Ankara. Budget discussions are taking place at Parliament.

We conversed in the Parliament garden with Milliyet newspaper's Ankara representative, Serpil Çevikcan, and observed the budget discussions.

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) members are using a very deliberate language.

HDP Group Vice Chairman İdris Baluken took great care to make sure his statements, selected carefully to show Turkey as a war criminal in the future, were recorded in the Parliamentary minutes.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which faced defeat in the urban wars, has started to push its political staff out into the field, while at the same time starting a psychological war.

When the PKK's mountain staff were cornered in Cizre, they pushed HDP members out into the field. It is stated in the conversations over the wireless that the HDP is inadequate and harsh insults were made in reference to HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş.

With a crowded delegation to save the PKK militants cornered in house No. 23, Demirtaş was pounding Cizre's door.

Demirtaş, who did nothing to prevent the digging of ditches, the erecting of barricades and the dying of people, had unfortunately tried to enter Cizre to save the terrorists who had the bloods of our martyrs on their hands.

When Demirtaş made the call to the people of Diyarbakır to walk to Sur, I understood then that the PKK members in Sur were cornered.

Demirtaş had said, “Ditches are resistance against coups.” He had stated that those digging the ditches were determined to continue their activities until the announcement of self-rule and said, “I kiss them on their forehead.”

If Demirtaş had made the call to the people of Diyarbakır to walk to Sur when the ditches were dug and barricades were set, they would have made erected his statue today.

The HDP actually built a barricade against itself. If a party that reached a 13 percent vote rate and secured 80 seats in Parliament with the Turkification initiation is now under the election threshold, it means the HDP has fallen into the ditch. The PKK lost the urban wars, while the HDP lost the Kurds.

This is why Kurds turned their backs on Demirtaş in Diyarbakır and HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ in Van. They showed a red card like Trabzonspor football player Salih Dursun, who showed a red card to the referee.

Demirtaş, who held a crowded rally in İzmir in the June 7 elections and entered Aydın with a 200-vehicle convoy, needs to evaluate really well the disappointment he experienced in Diyarbakır.

Kurds gave their votes to the HDP for the politics of peace. Not to do whatever Qandil orders.

The latest news is that there remains a 35-40 person mountain staff in Sur. The operation in Sur is going slowly, because the armored vehicles do not fit in the narrow streets and because they use civilians as live shields.

The operations are taking too long. We gave too many martyrs. But efforts are being made to prevent civilians from dying even at the cost of giving martyrs. It is because of this care that the people of the region did not support the PKK, and turned their backs on the HDP.

The PKK which is stuck in a tight corner in Sur and İdil has now turned to psychological war.

They spread the news that 26 soldiers were martyred in the raid on Dağlıca yesterday. Our Dağlıca police station was raided before as well. They tried to sneak into Dağlıca, taking advantage of the fog. They came as close as 60 meters and attacked at 8:10 a.m. However, they were repelled with counter-fire. I spoke to the security units. We do not have any martyrs or wounded members. But five to six bloody white raincoats left behind by the terrorists and several ammunition clips and arms were seized. The area was explored by attack helicopters after 11 a.m. and in the afternoon the warplanes hit the determined targets. The PKK is facing a heavy defeat in the urban wars. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has the morale superiority in the region.

Meanwhile, on the other side of our border, the US and Russia are hard at work building bases.

It is known that the Russians have control over an old air base between Qamishli and Hasakah. It is an airport with a 2,700-meter runway formerly used for international flights. I had also previously mentioned the US's efforts to expand a helicopter runway in Kobani. It has reached a point where it can now be detected from satellites. This used to be an area where helicopters were used for agricultural spraying. Since these helicopters took off after advancing a little on their wheels, the runway was short.

Yet what is important is that the US is expanding an air base adjacent to Sinjar. Its 1,350-meter runway is being prepared for the take-off and landing of warplanes.

Instead of considering this as an alternative to İncirlik, it needs to be thought of as a separate operation and new base area. The US, which settled the PKK in Sinjar after Qandil, is building a buffer zone consisting of the PKK between peshmerga forces and Daesh for the safety of its own base. This means that the US is here to stay.

They are now activating a second plan. Daesh is an organization that is able to maintain a presence in both Iraq and Syria. The US's new strategy is to severe Daesh's ties between Iraq and Syria.

The Mosul operation is impending.

This strategy has two legs:

1- To Baathisize Daesh in Iraq and include it in the system.

2- To fight Daesh in Syria.

Daesh has different demographic characteristics in Iraq and Syria. The majority of Daesh in Iraq, 92 percent, are Sunni and Arab. As for Daesh in Syria, 81 percent of it is made up of foreign fighters. They include British, French and German fighters.

The Americans, who are readying for the great Mosul operation, sent a notice through the city and asked civilians to find a wireless with an FM channel and act in accordance with announcements to be made through the wireless.

Turkey is showing efforts under the coordination center in Baghdad and Irbil to fight Daesh to prevent the Mosul operation from turning into a Sunni-Shiite war.

As they know the area well, the Sunni Arabs we trained at Bashiqa camp and Turkmens from Mosul and Tal Afar are expected to participate in the Mosul operation. Also, Tal Afar is going to be the next target after Mosul.

Meanwhile, unless postponed, the Mosul operation is planned to take place on Friday, March 25. The US invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. It seems March is an important month for the US.

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