Turkey closed its airspace for all flights to and from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Government spokesman Bekir Bozdağ said on Monday.
Bozdağ also said work had started to hand over the main land border crossing into the autonomous region to the central Iraqi government.
The statement came after the National Security Council meeting, held in the Presidential Palace Complex in Turkey’s capital on Monday under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The extension of the state of emergency and developments in Syria and northern Iraq were on the agenda of the meeting.
The state of emergency has been extended for the fifth time. Fifteen months have passed since the state of emergency was declared on July 20, 2016 following the failed coup attempt.
The council advised to close Turkey’s airspace to the KRG and initiate the takeover of the İbrahim Halil border gate, also known as Habur, by the central Iraqi government.
Dirty Peshmerga-PKK alliance in Kirkuk
In Kirkuk, where the Iraqi army is pushing forward with a military operation, Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) terrorists are amassing in the city center beside the Peshmerga forces. Images from the region show that armed PKK terrorists have infiltrated the city center. PKK terrorists are positioned on many streets and are moving in coordination with the Peshmerga.PKK flags were spotted in the city center. The PKK, who were allowed into the city by Najmiddin Karim, the former governor of Kirkuk who was dismissed from office by the Iraqi parliament, is also coordinating with the Peshmerga.Photographs of the PKK and its ringleader Abdullah Öcalan were seen on the Peshmerga’s armored vehicles in the Kirkuk city center, verifying the terrorist organization’s presence in Kirkuk. News sources sympathetic to the PKK terrorist organization have shared similar photographs on social media platforms. PKK terrorists entered the city center bearing weapons. The PKK terrorists trying to enter Daquq were blocked by security forces linked to the Turkmen Front.The Turkmens who responded to the attack of the PKK also said that they also took control of a PKK bureau.Turkey is ready to fully cooperate with the Baghdad government to end the presence of the PKK in Iraq, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.It added that Turkey will stand by the Iraqi government to provide peace and stability in the country.The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.Video: PKK terrorists and Peshmerga clash with Iraqi forcesTurkey ready to cooperate with Iraq against PKK: foreign ministryIraqi forces advance in Kirkuk to retake city from PeshmergaTurkmens urged to ‘protect’ themselves against terrorists in KirkukHow Turkey saved the Barzani family from British oppression
The council reiterated Turkey’s support for Iraq’s territorial integrity.
“Our sensitivity and anticipation of the central Iraqi administration’s operation in Kirkuk… and the aim to establish the city according to its historical depth has been particularly emphasized," the council said in a statement. Kirkuk movement initiated
Iraqi security forces launched an operation to seize military bases and oil wells in Kirkuk. Amid mounting tensions between both sides, Iraq on Sunday accused the KRG of crossing a line by implanting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in Kirkuk, calling this “a declaration of war.”
Iraqi forces seized a swathe of area surrounding the oil city Kirkuk. The government said its troops had captured Kirkuk airport, advanced to the city's gates, taken control of northern Iraq's oil company from the security forces of the autonomous Kurdish region, known as Peshmerga, and captured Tuz Khurmato, a flashpoint town where there had been clashes between Kurds and mainly Shi'ite Muslims of Turkmen ethnicity.
Iraqi army seizes Peshmerga statue in Kirkuk
The Iraqi army reportedly seized the region where the Peshmerga statue is located and the statue itself, as they continue to advance in Kirkuk. The statue, erected in July, is located near the gate to the Kirkuk province in the north.Iraqi forces on Monday seized a Kirkuk airport and a K-1 military air base.Iraqi Special Forces pose in front of the Peshmerga statue along Erbil-Kirkuk entrance to the city pic.twitter.com/dOvmnwg0Uo— Raveen Aujmaya (@raveenaujmaya) 16 Ekim 2017 Thousands of people are fleeing Kirkuk to Erbil due to the conflict between the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces in the city.Some of the families living in Kirkuk are packing their belongings and trying to escape the chaos. The Iraqi army, launching an operation in Kirkuk after three years to return to the city, captured K-1 military air base, which has strategic importance. They also seized many official buildings in Kirkuk, including the Police Department and Kirkuk Governor’s Office.Galeri: Iraqi forces continue to advance in KirkukDirty Peshmerga-PKK alliance in KirkukIraqi forces seize Tuz Khurmatu amid Kirkuk operationIraqi forces advance in Kirkuk to retake city from Peshmerga
Turkey ready to cooperate with Iraq against PKK: foreign ministry
Turkey is ready to fully cooperate with the Baghdad government to end the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization in Iraq, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.It added that Turkey will stand by the Iraqi government to provide peace and stability in 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.Turkish Armed Forces to establish two air bases in IdlibPKK presence in Iraq's Kirkuk leaves Turkmens anxiousTurkish jets hit PKK terror group in northern Iraq
Iraqi forces advance in Kirkuk to retake city from Peshmerga
Iraqi security forces are advancing in Kirkuk, capturing key positions such as an air base, an oil refinery and the Kirkuk Airport on Monday.The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Peshmerga forces withdrew from the southern regions of Kirkuk, according to reports.The Hashd al-Shaabi group is also joining the Iraqi forces in the military movement initiated from Tuz Khurmatu.Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ordered the Iraqi flag to be raised in Kirkuk.The Iraqi army has so far captured the Kirkuk Airport, the headquarters for the North Oil Company, northwest of Kirkuk, a nearby refinery, the K-1 air base, a power plant and the industrial district from the KRG, an Iraqi military statement said.Galeri: Iraqi forces continue to advance in KirkukLocal sources said Iraqi forces controlled Baba Gurgur oil field near Kirkuk, one of Iraq's oldest producing fields, and also seized full control of the Tuz Khurmatu district.Army Capt. Saad Mohamed said Iraqi forces and the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi militia captured the area after clashes with Kurdish Peshmerga forces.Turkmen leader Niazi Oglu said the district is now under the full control of the government forces.A general on Friday announced that the Iraqi army had initiated an operation to retake the disputed province of Kirkuk which was included in the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) illegal referendum on Sept. 25.Video: Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk regions after Peshmerga forces retreatTurkmens urged to ‘protect’ themselves against terrorists in KirkukHow Turkey saved the Barzani family from British oppressionPKK presence in Iraq's Kirkuk leaves Turkmens anxious
How Turkey saved the Barzani family from British oppression
Turkey’s response to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Masoud Barzani’s illegitimate referendum, which serves the purposes of Israel’s “Great Middle East Project,” has been falsely branded as “Kurdish enmity” by separatist lobbies. The real aim of these lobbies is to use the sensitivities of the Kurdish community to achieve their own interests and siege Turkey with a terrorist corridor.Archives surfaceMaterial that emerged from archives disproves the perception of Kurdish hostility by Turkey. The records of General Staff ATASE Archives, which contain details of how refugees from the Barzan tribe fled from the British to Turkey, were revealed after 85 years.According to the documents, Turkey rescued the Barzan tribe from British oppression in 1932 and provided a refuge for them during the Great Depression.Iraqi military launches operation in KirkukFled from British oppressionAfter the First World War, oil-rich Iraq was in the hands of the British. The Barzan Tribe was a part of a front against the British in the region.In 1931, the Barzan tribe took possession of the right wing of the Great Zab, a river flowing through Turkey and Iraq, with 1,700 Peshmerga forces. Following this, the British moved to neutralize the Barzani siblings.The family began to be pressured in 1932. Barzan Sheikh Ahmad, Mullah Mustafa and Mehmet Sıddık and their families along with a group of 630 people were forced to leave Iraq in 1932.Barzan tribe sought refuge in TurkeyThe Barzan tribe that fled Iraq due to the British presence took refuge in Turkey on June 22, 1932.According to the document dated June 24, 1932 and signed by the 7th Corps Command dedicated to the Erzincan 3rd Army Inspectorate and found within the General Staff ATASE Archive, Barzan Sheikh Ahmad, Mullah Mustafa and Mehmet Sıddık and their families surrendered their weapons and sought asylum at Turkey’s Yüksekova 6th Border Battleship stationed in Ovaca.The Barzan family was taken from the border toward Gevar (Yüksekova). The document also details that they were only able to cover five kilometers per day because of the animals they were traveling with.The Third Army Inspectorate also sent this document to the 9th Corps Command (Erzurum).Iraqi Peshmerga withdraw from ‘contact areas’ in KirkukSecurity provided by Turkish soldiersAnother document dated July 23, 1932 included information about a total of 630 people comprised of 168 men, 156 women, 135 girls and 171 boys under Sheikh Ahmad’s care.The group moved from Van to Erzurum on July 21, 1932, accompanied by guards arranged by the 2nd Movement Gendarmerie Battalion. This force accompanied the group to the Mozik village, where the 9th Corps was on duty. Following this, the 9th Corps requested the 1st civilian division to takeover.Iraqi forces capture North Oil Co. from Kurdish forces; no disruption to oil productionBarzani targeted Iraq’s political and territorial integrityTurkey has always supported the Barzan tribe who took refuge in Turkey in 1932. Turkey has always stood by decisions taken to ensure the prosperity of the Kurdish people in the region, and backed the KRG.However, in the region in which Turkey is located, KRG leader Masoud Barzani has become the chief actor of the plan to divide the region by aligning with Israel. Barzani, despite all objections, reactions and oppositions, carried out the illegitimate referendum on Sept. 25. Barzani, who targeted Iraq's political and territorial integrity, is still pursuing chaos in the region.