The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is rapidly increasing its presence in Iraq’s ancient city of Kirkuk with the support of Israel.
It was revealed that the terror organization has dozens of “liaison offices” in the region of Kirkuk, with six of them located in the city center.
These PKK “offices” are being funded by Israeli companies that carry out their activities under the name of “al-Aman,” say local sources.
The terror group in its turn ensures the “security” of these companies and provides them with a constant flow of intelligence. As the PKK searches for alternative locations to amass other than the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq, it established so-called military bases in the south of Kirkuk, after Sinjar and Makhmur.
16 PKK/KCK suspects arrested in southern Turkey
At least 16 PKK/KCK terror suspects were arrested in Turkey’s southern Adana province, police sources said on Friday.The suspects were rounded up in Adana city center and Ceyhan district during anti-terror operations carried out by police forces, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people.Video: 16 PKK/KCK suspects arrested in southern TurkeyTurkey constantly warns Europe of PYD/YPG threat: EnvoyUS backs PKK terrorists in Iraq’s Sinjar: Ezidi leader
Israeli officers train PKK terrorists
At the terror camps around Kirkuk, Israeli officers train PKK terrorists on bombs, weapons and sabotage. Israel provides technical support for the terror group, which has formed its new attack strategy on unmanned aerial vehicles.
Speaking exclusively to Yeni Şafak daily, Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) officer Mehmet Seman evaluated the situation, saying, “Thanks to Israel, the PKK terror group runs amok in the region. The Zionists crook locals by posing as ‘Iraqi businessmen’ and buy the most fertile lands. Illegal works are being conducted on ancient artifacts and castles. After ‘feasibility’ and reconnaissance activities, hundreds of ancient artifacts were transferred to Israel with the help of PKK terrorists.”
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.
Drawing attention to the fact that churches were consecutively being opened in the region, Seman said: “Muslims are rapidly being Christianized. Locals obtain asylum papers for Europe by converting to Christianity. The papers of whoever becomes Christian are swiftly prepared. Then, these individuals are sent to Europe.”
Turkey constantly warns Europe of PYD/YPG threat: Envoy
Turkish ambassador to Paris on Wednesday said Ankara has repeatedly warned its allies that the YPG/PYD terrorist group is as deadly as Daesh.Speaking at a conference entitled “Turkey: European and Regional Perspectives” at the Institut Diderot in Paris, Ismail Hakki Musa highlighted Turkey’s role in hosting 3.5 million Syrian refugees as well as humanitarian relief efforts worldwide, spending as much as $8 billion as the world’s second most charitable country.He also spoke about Turkey-EU cooperation on security and counterterrorism and said his country is an “important actor” in this regard.Musa stressed that Turkey has been one of the most effective members of the international coalition against the Daesh terror group and that “neutralized” over 3,000 terrorists in Syria thus far.Noting that Europe had only heeded Ankara’s warnings against Daesh after the terror group began conducting attacks on the continent, the ambassador said that Turkey’s goal with the U.S. on Manbij was to clear the area of the PYD/YPG and deliver the region to its real owners.On Nov. 1, Turkish and U.S. troops began joint patrols in Manbij, northeast of the Aleppo Governorate in Syria, as part of an agreement that focuses on the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the city to stabilize the region.The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, a terrorist group recognized by Turkey, the U.S., and EU, which in its 30-year terror campaign has taken some 40,000 lives.The U.S. has claimed the YPG/PKK is an “ally” in the fight against Daesh, over Turkey’s objections that one cannot use a terrorist group to fight another.Turkey has repeatedly cited evidence that the YPG is no different from the PKK.
US backs PKK terrorists in Iraq’s Sinjar: Ezidi leader
The U.S. is pursuing a “hypocritical” policy regarding the PKK terrorist group by supporting PKK terrorists in Iraq’s Sinjar district through northern Syria, Haider Saso, secretary-general of Iraq's Ezidi Democratic Party, said Wednesday.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Saso, who resides in Sinjar, blasted what he described as ongoing cooperation between the U.S. and the PKK."The U.S. is pursuing a two-faced policy when it comes to the PKK,” he said. “While it puts prices on the heads of top PKK operators, it collaborates with the group in Sinjar and in northern Syria.”Erdoğan blasts countries that support PKK but not its victimsSinjar, he went on to assert, was “teeming with” PKK military bases and camps."The U.S. and the PKK, along with the latter’s many affiliates, are working in tandem,” Saso said, accusing the PKK of forcibly recruiting Ezidi youth.“The U.S. is helping the PKK and its affiliates in Sinjar through the PYD/YPG terrorist group in northern Syria,” he added.Hundreds defect from PKK terror group as Turkish ops gain paceOfficials from Iraq's central government have recently met with their Turkish counterparts to discuss means of driving the terrorist group from Iraqi territory.Saso, for his part, says the PKK is receiving financial assistance through the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi, a predominantly Shia fighting force.In mid-2014, the PKK sent fighters to Sinjar -- from Syria and Iraq’ northeastern Qandil region -- on the pretext that it was protecting Ezidis from the Daesh terrorist group.US sends medical aid to PKK terrorists in Iraq’s QandilBut even though the region was later cleared of Daesh terrorists, the PKK has continued its expansionist policies in the area, Saso said.In October of last year, the Iraqi government sent federal troops into parts of northern Iraq “disputed” between it and the Kurdish Regional Government -- including Sinjar.After federal forces moved into Sinjar, the PKK falsely claimed to have withdrawn from the region.
Hundreds defect from PKK terror group as Turkish ops gain pace
Turkish security units have started to reach out to families of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in order to convince those who live in high mountain encampments to stop violence and call them to return home.These initiatives called “persuasion operations” helped a total of 282 terrorists to defect from the PKK.According to reports, only 95 people joined the PKK since the beginning of 2018, and 723 surrendered to Turkish security forces in last two years alone.A total of 210 PKK terrorists have been “neutralized” as part of anti-terror operations across Turkey and abroad in October.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.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 sends medical aid to PKK terrorists in Iraq’s Qandil
US sends medical aid to PKK terrorists in Iraq’s Qandil
The United States dispatched medical aid to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror organization via Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah International Airport. Cargo planes landed at the airport and the aid was transported to Erbil before it was distributed to the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD).Some of the aid was provided to terrorists stationed in Iraq’s Qandil, while another portion was sent to the PKK/PYD in Syria’s north.Northern Iraq’s Qandil Mountains have been a haven for PKK terrorists over the past few decades. Considered as the main base of the PKK, which control checkpoints and entrances to the mountains, the structuring in the area is used for cover and concealment by terrorists.UAE, Saudi Arabia dispatch troops to east of the Euphrates in SyriaApart from the medical aid that was stashed in thousands of boxes, mine detectors and light arms were also provided by the U.S. to the terror group.Military sources say that the U.S. has been sending necessities and medical aid as well as heavy arms to Qandil for quite some time, in addition to the 5,000 trucks of arms it sent to PYD in Syria under the pretext of fighting Daesh.Turkey reacts cautiously to US putting bounty on PKKThe U.S. has continued to aid the terror group despite placing a bounty on three key PKK terrorists in early November.Under the Rewards for Justice program, people who give information on the identification or location of PKK terrorists Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, and Duran Kalkan are eligible for rewards of $3-5 million.Hundreds of US troops deploy to PKK-occupied areas on Turkey-Syria borderThe move was a "positive but belated" step, Turkish national defense minister said.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.The U.S. and the coalition have largely ignored the PYD/YPG links to the PKK, which the U.S., EU, and Turkey list as a terrorist group.Suspected PKK terrorist arrested in southeastern TurkeyTurkish DefMin discusses Syria's Idlib with Russian counterpartSyrians continue to return to hometowns cleared of terrorists by Turkey