Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) militants who have occupied Syria’s border city of Tal Abayd since 2015 have started to feel great pressure since the launch of Turkey’s preparations for operations in the region.
U.S. Special Forces troops met with PKK officials near Tal Abayd’s border crossing.
President Erdoğan said Turkey “could come overnight all of a sudden” in order to neutralize terrorist organizations in Syria’s north.
Local sources report that the PKK has started to take various precautions against Turkey’s operations in Tal Abayd.
The PKK is digging trenches across Tal Abayd, as well as increasing military points. Convoys of militia and ammunition reinforcements were sent to Tal Abayd from Kobani.
The Turkish Armed Forces is continuing its preparations for operations targeting Tal Abayd.
Turkish security forces are monitoring Tal Abayd with satellites and determining the coordinates of military headquarters and police stations.
Tal Abayd is a strategically critical point for the PKK to be able to form a terror corridor in Syria’s north. The city, inhabited primarily by Arabs and Turkmens, was captured by Daesh in 2014.
With the aid of U.S. warplanes, the PKK took over the city in 2015 without much resistance from Daesh, which then pulled back towards Raqqa.
With the capture of Tal Abyad, the PKK was able to link the terror corridor between Kobani and Jazira and advance to Manbij.
After the surrender of Tal Abyad to the PKK, the daily Yeni Şafak published an article titled “This war is going to spiral,” that delved into the details of the region.
Syrian opposition members were quoted in the article as saying “This war is going to spiral,” referring to how the PYD was being used as a tool to divide the country.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.
'US-PYD/PKK cooperation violates NATO treaty'
The United States is apparently in default of its obligations under Articles 3 and 5 of the NATO treaty by supporting the PYD/YPG terrorist groups in the fight against Daesh in war-torn Syria.Article 3 of the NATO charter states: "In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack."Article 5, asserting the principle of collective defense, says: "The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them … shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force..."However, the U.S. giving supplies to the terrorist PKK and its PYD/YPG offshoots helped the terror group spread across one-fifth of Syria, thus posing a major threat to Turkey.Especially over the last two years, the U.S., which has increased its military support for the PKK's Syrian affiliates, caused the group to occupy a large area in the guise of fighting Daesh.This failure to meet its obligations under Article 3 and 5 calls into question the U.S.' loyalty to NATO’s central purpose, namely that an armed attack against one NATO ally will be considered an attack against them all.The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, and Turkey also considers its Syrian offshoot the PKK/PYD a terror group. However, the U.S. has called the PYD a key ally in the fight against Daesh in Syria.Turkey has repeatedly called for the U.S. to end its support for the PKK/PYD.SDF fig leaf support for PKK/PYD in SyriaThe formation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) more than a year ago has also provided the U.S. with the opportunity to deepen its relationship with the PKK/PYD, according to security officials in Turkey and Syria.The SDF was formed in October 2015 when the PKK/PYD incorporated several fighting groups.Many view the umbrella group as a fig leaf to disguise U.S. support for the PKK/PYD. The Pentagon said last week that U.S. forces operate "in close proximity with" SDF fighters in northern Syria, including near the Turkish border.According to officials in Turkey and Syria who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, the PKK/PYD makes up the upper echelons of the SDF and the bulk of its fighting force.Images from Syria shared on social media often show militants wearing SDF and PKK/PYD insignias fighting alongside each other.One source said the PKK/PYD had established more than 30 camps in Syria’s Al-Hasakah, Afrin and Kobani regions under the Syrian Defense Forces banner.US weapons in PKK handsAccording to Turkish security officials who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the explosives and weapons the U.S. provides to the PYD in Syria are used by PKK in terrorist attacks in Turkey.An April 11 bomb attack on a police compound in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir was carried out using explosives the U.S. supplied to the PKK/PYD in Syria, the official claimed.Three people were killed in the attack, for which the PKK claimed responsibility. The local governor said at the time that 1 ton of explosives was placed in a tunnel under the compound.The official also claimed that weapons the U.S. supplied to the PKK/PYD had also been found in PKK camps.The U.S.-provided weapons, which the source said included ammunition, anti-tank rockets, and assault rifles as well as explosives, crossed into Turkey from Sinjar, northern Iraq and Syria’s Karacok region.Both areas were struck by Turkish warplanes on Tuesday, in attacks that drew criticism from Washington and led to the deaths of up to six Iraqi Peshmerga -- troops belonging to the Ankara-allied Kurdish Regional Government.As well as citing the Diyarbakir attack, the official said the weapons had been used in other attacks on security forces across Turkey.In April 2016, the U.S. ambassador to Ankara denied arming the PKK/PYD and said any U.S. weapons found in PKK hands would have ultimately come from Iraqi security forces.Since the PKK launched its terror campaign in 1984, an estimated 40,000 people in Turkey have died in related violence.The PKK resumed fighting in July 2015, since when it has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, according to an official tally.
Erdoğan slams US for alliance with YPG
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday slammed the U.S. for taking part in a military convoy with the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) Syrian branch, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG).“It was upsetting to see the U.S. flag on the convoy. We will hold [U.S. President Donald] Trump to account,” Erdoğan said during a press conference before an official visit to India.U.S. troops took part in a military convoy with the YPG in northern Syria, near Turkey’s border, and also attended the funerals of the terrorists neutralized in Turkey’s airstrikes in the region.American soldiers attend PKK/YPG terrorists’ funerals“Turkey, as a NATO ally and as a strategic partner, will continue to be disrupted by this [alliance between the U.S. and YPG]. It must end,” the president said.“We will continue military operations in Sinjar and Karachok,” he added, referring to Turkish airstrikes conducted earlier this week that targeted PKK and YPG targets in the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq and the Karachok Mountains in Syria.Both areas are approximately 90 kilometers from Turkey’s southern border.Erdoğan also reiterated that Turkey could come to the Syrian and Iraqi regions where terrorist groups such as the PKK and YPG are prevalent overnight.US protects PKK terrorists near Turkey’s borderErdoğan: Turkey could come to Sinjar overnightApril 25 airstrikes killed 89 PKK terrorists: Military
American soldiers attend PKK/YPG terrorists’ funerals
U.S. troops deployed armored vehicles on the Turkey’s border with northern Syria. It was asserted that the step was taken as a measure to prevent the conflict between Turkish troops and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants.Using information obtained from the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) Syrian affiliate YPG's sources, Sputnik reported that U.S. troops started to station their armored vehicles late Saturday along the border spanning the towns of Kobani to Karkamış.US soldiers attending the funeral of PKK terroristsU.S. soldiers also attended the funeral ceremony held for the PKK terrorists who were killed in the Turkish airstrikes. The terrorists’ bodies were buried in the company of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s posters.Video: American soldiers attending terrorists’ funeralThe PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984.More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.US protects PKK terrorists near Turkey’s border
US protects PKK terrorists near Turkey’s border
After Turkey’s airstrikes targeting Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) its Syrian-affiliate Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed wing People Protection Units (YPG) on Sinjar Mountain in Iraq and Karachok Mountain in Syria, PKK and PYD members crossed into the region close to Turkey’s southern border under the protection of the U.S.The terrorists kept watch on the border with U.S. troops on Friday night.Photographs taken by Reuters opposite to Kızıltepe on the other side of the Turkish border show PKK and PYD terrorists beside an armored vehicle belonging to the U.S.The pictured terrorists were wearing masks, and both the U.S. flag and the terrorist organizations flag can be seen.14 PKK terrorists killed in SE Turkey, Iraq's northTurkey’s military operations in the region continueTurkey increased its military shipments to the border region following its operations in Sinjar and Karachok.A large number of military vehicles crossed the border, passing through Kilis.Howitzers and rocket launchers sent to the region will be placed opposite to Afrin and other regions where terrorists are located.Erdoğan: Turkey could come to Sinjar overnightTurkey will do what is necessary to counteract the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and its offshoots, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.“The fight against terrorism is not optional, it is a must for us. We will not tolerate terrorist organizations,” said Erdoğan.Erdoğan: Turkey could come to Sinjar overnightTurkish jets neutralize 14 PKK terrorists in northern IraqApril 25 airstrikes killed 89 PKK terrorists: Military