The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is the ally of the U.S. in Syria and Iraq, has accelerated groundworks for “war” in Afrin, where Turkey is preparing for an operation. The terrorists have been carrying arms and ammunition to Afrin over the last few days using convoys consisting of hundreds of vehicles. The Pentagon, which announced that it had cleared 96 percent of Syria from Daesh, is sending the PKK and its Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) arms from the al-Hasakah-Manbij line.
The convoys that arrive in Manbij travel to Afrin by passing through the regime-controlled Aleppo-Sifira-Nubbul-Zehra corridor. In the past week, three convoys comprised of hundreds of vehicles reached Afrin by using this route. The terrorist organization claimed that “The convoys going to Afrin are PKK members returning from Raqqa.”
US 'an unreliable country': Turkish opposition leader
Amid signs of mending ties between Ankara and Washington, the leader of Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has blasted the U.S. as "an unreliable country."Speaking with journalists in parliament on Tuesday, Devlet Bahçeli said that the U.S. had violated the "rules of alliances" in its treatment of Turkey."If the U.S. primarily took a kind approach to Turkey's demands, then the Turkish nation would do what is necessary," said Bahçeli."But the U.S. isn’t doing that."He added: "I think the U.S. would do well to examine itself."Turkish opposition reprimands US arming of terroristsThe two countries on Monday partially restored visa services after a row over Turkish staffers of a U.S. mission being arrested for alleged ties to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group behind last year’s defeated coup.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım also arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday to start a four-day trip.His meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday is expected to cover a wide range of bilateral issues, including areas of disagreement such as the extradition of FETÖ leader Fetullah Gulen and the U.S. arming of the terrorist PKK/PYD in Syria.US: Turkish PM meets head of powerful Senate committeeErdoğan's Russia visit will be ‘beneficial’Bahçeli also touted next week’s visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Russia.Erdoğan will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 13 in the Russian city of Sochi.The two leaders are expected to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria and energy cooperation between the two countries."Notably, with telephone diplomacy strengthening international relations, I see a benefit to proper visits," said Bahçeli.Erdoğan set to visit Russia, Kuwait next week"Because the persecution of more than millions of people in the Middle East should be stopped through people talking each other."Touting his party’s support to the government in foreign policy and the fight against terrorism, he said, "In Turkey's recent state, such support is a must."He added: "There’s no sense in pursuing partisanship."The MHP prominently lent its support to the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party after last year's coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).Turkish Council of State dismisses member over FETÖThe MHP also backed the AK Party's Yes campaign ahead of April's constitutional referendum, as well as the government’s Syria and Iraq policy.Asked about the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) call to hold early local elections in the wake of several mayor resigning, Bahçeli said he respected the call, but that his party opposes early polls.Turkey is scheduled to hold local elections in March 2019.
Over 2,000 terrorists enter Afrin
Over 2,000 terrorists entered Afrin in the convoys that the U.S. sent through the Erbil, al-Hasakah and Manbij supply line. Multiple-launch rocket systems and anti-aircraft weapons are among the arms that the U.S. is sending the PKK in Afrin. The convoys, which travel a route of 180 kilometers, include munition supplies.
PKK preparing for war against Turkey
Ahmed Sultan, who was elected president of the so-called Idlib Military Assembly of the PKK, issued a statement for members of the organization in the region. The terrorist confessed that all preparations were made for “a great war against Turkey, which may last for months.”
Those who receive three weeks of military training at terror camps are sent to Afrin and are then under the command of the so-called Idlib Military Assembly of the PKK. The U.S.-backed PKK announced that it would engage in a war against Turkey.
Families whose children have been taken by the PKK under the guise of “compulsory military service” have started to revolt in Syria’s north, particularly in Manbij and Afrin. Protests were organized in Manbij against the PKK move to take at least one youth from each family to join the war against Turkey. In the past 10 days, the terrorist organization has imprisoned over 70 civilians for allegedly being military “draft dodgers.”
In response to PKK tyranny, shopkeepers in Manbij have not opened their stores for three days. Crowds are pouring into the streets of Yasiti, Hud Hud, Hazanu, Aleppo Road, the Industrial Zone and Ayn Nahil stating that the PKK should put an end to its occupation. Seven people were injured in the demonstrations that the PKK tried to suppress using violence. Terrorists have resorted to burning down the shops of some protestors and taking others into custody.
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.
Turkey neutralizes 2,304 PKK terrorists in 11 months
Turkish National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli stated on Thursday that Turkish security forces have neutralized 2,304 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists since Jan. 10, 2017. He said that this number indicates Turkey’s success in its counterterrorism efforts.Regarding the U.S. weapons seized in the terror attack organized by the PKK terrorists on Nov. 8 in Hakkari, Canikli said that Turkish authorities already explained that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, and the two terrorist organizations are commanded from the same source.'PKK must be cleared from trade route for Ovaköy border gate to operate'Stating that Turkey submitted this issue not only to the United States, also to the United Kingdom, Spain, Albania and other countries with verified documents and photographs, Canikli added: “We clearly explained to the U.S. authorities that particularly an AT-4 anti-tank is one of the weapons given by the coalition, the United States to the YPG 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.Turkey to rebuild 26,000 homes destroyed by terrorism
'PKK must be cleared from trade route for Ovaköy border gate to operate'
Turkey’s Customs and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkci informed Yeni Şafak about developments regarding the Ovaköy border gate project and the control of the existing Habur border gate, also known as the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing.“Preparations for Ovaköy are still underway, it is currently in the technical phase. It’s critical that the Iraqi central government provides road safety. The Syrian border must be secured. The route passes through an area dominated by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)/Democratic Union Party (PYD). We are waiting for the Iraqi government. The security of the area must be ensured, and this will be established either by Iraq or Turkey,” said Minister Tüfenkci.The Ovaköy border gate, an alternative to the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing located between Turkey and the Kurdish region in northern Iraq, will bypass the Barzani administration.Ovaköy border gate to end Barzani’s lifelineTo pass through Tal AfarMinister Tüfenkci stated that Turkey was going to complete the construction of the Ovaköy trade route, saying, “We did this for Habur, and we will do it for Ovaköy too.”Tüfenkci emphasized that the route crossed the Dicle River and that a bridge had to be built there, adding that this bridge would be built in approximately six months. “The new route will pass through Tal Afar. It will span Tal Afar, Mosul and Baghdad,” said Tüfenkci.Peshmerga in HaburTüfenkci said that the Habur border gate was operated jointly by Baghdad and the Peshmerga:“We are watching the developments there. The Iraqi central government and the Peshmerga are working there. It appears to be a joint model. This is the right thing to do, because the Peshmerga are also officers of the central government. Baghdad pays their fees. The flag raised in Habur is currently that of the Iraqi central government,” he added.Turkey, Iraq agree on opening border gate through Tal AfarTurkey to combat PKK threatThe work for the Ovaköy border gate, which will be an alternative to the existing Habur border gate, is continuing at a technical level. The bridge that the trade route passes will be constructed by the General Directorate of Highways. It is planned that the route passing through the north of Tal Afar will be extended to reach Tal Afar city and from there it will reach Baghdad via Mosul.However, due to the PKK/PYD threat on this route, priority is given to clear the road from the terrorists and to ensure security. Turkey is waiting for the Iraqi central government to take a step to ensure the safety of the road. In addition to the presence of the PYD on the border with Syria, the PKK presence in Sinjar has also been discussed between Turkish and Iraqi officials. Ankara told Baghdad that Turkish troops were ready to provide safety against the PKK presence in Sinjar.The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is its Syrian branch.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.Iraqi Turkmens to propose Ovaköy border gate be connected to Tal AfarIraqi forces clearing way for Ovaköy border gateUS prevented alternative border gate between Turkey, Iraq'Barzani will not be able to hold on in Erbil'Turkish troops in Bashiqa to guard Ovaköy border gate
‘A Pentagon link in abduction of two Turkish soldiers’
Operation Euphrates Shield, which Turkey launched in Syria’s Jarabulus on Aug. 24, 2016 to combat the increasing terror threats on the southern border, lasted for 213 days. An area of 2,100 square kilometers was cleared of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Daesh terrorists by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). During the operation, 71 Turkish soldiers were martyred. The most challenging area tackled by the TAF and Free Syrian Army (FSA) was al-Bab. The most critical point of the operation which delivered a huge blow to the PKK terror corridor that reached from Iraq to Turkey was when Turkish bases in al-Bab were struck and various sabotages were conducted to stop the advance of Turkish troops. On Nov. 29, 2016 two Turkish sergeants were kidnapped in the al-Bab-Dane district. Yeni Şafak contacted Muhammad H., who was the interpreter of the Turkish soldiers on the day of the kidnapping. The Syrian translator that said there was a US-Pentagon link in the kidnapping.Returning using the regular routeMuhammad H., who was born and raised in a Turkmen village in Syria’s north, described an attack that he described as a “pre-meditated trap.”“Kıvanç Kaşıkçı (24) and Muhammed Duran Keskin (28) called me on the morning of the event and they said that they would take me to see an Arab from the opposition and that I would translate during the meeting. Then they took me and the person they were going to meet with to the Turkish base in the Kifre region. While traveling, an armed pickup truck from the FSA protected us. We returned using the same route at around 1:00 p.m. with the person who came from Idlib, who I translated for, and sergeants Kaşıkçı and Duran,” he said.Civilians return to areas cleared of terror with Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operationProtection was not provided upon return“The soldiers who accompanied us on the way to Kifre and belonged to the FSA brigade who served in the region did not accompany us during our return. (This brigade is one of the three groups linked to the Pentagon in the region.) We traveled for a short period of time and came to the countryside of the Dane village. As soon as we arrived in the area, a passing motorcycle with two people on it started to open fire. At that moment, two more people came out of the olive trees and started to shoot us. The attackers were wearing FSA outfits. Commander Kıvanç said they didn’t recognize us and that they were from the FSA, so he disembarked. That’s when I saw that Commander Muhammed was shot. The weapons were in the back seat of the vehicle. Only one of the automatic rifles was beside Commander Kivanç. However, because they fired continuously, we could not take the weapons. All three of us were sitting on the front seat,” Muhammad said.Pentagon base nearby“We got out of the car and entered the empty vineyard house. Some of the walls around the back were demolished. Commander Kıvanç said that if we remained there, they wouldn’t let us live and that we should run toward the olive trees. We started to run toward the olive trees together. I lost the commander a few minutes later. My foot was wounded but I was able to reach the closest checkpoint. When the shooting stopped, I called the Turkish base and said that we were attacked. Major Bülent Albayrak notified the Pentagon group 200 meters away. However, despite the sound of gunshots lasting 15 minutes, nobody intervened. Despite the instructions of Major Albayrak, who received the news of the attack, no soldier from that point came to the scene of the incident,” he added.Orders to kill the translator“When I arrived at the control point of the Pentagon-affiliated group, I heard an announcement from the radio saying that the translator should not be left alive. However, Bülent Albayrak, the commander, called the leader of the group and told him that he would be there soon and that nobody should talk to or touch me before he arrives, which is why they did not do anything to me. Major Bülent came to the scene but Kıvanç Kaşıkçı and Muhammed Duran were kidnapped,” Muhammad said.Under the Pentagon’s command“The first attack on us was made by the terrorists on the motorcycle. These motorcycles came from the Pentagon-linked group’s checkpoint. I told our Turkish commanders everything we experienced in full detail. They took me in and protected me for a while and issued orders to all FSA groups. The commander of the group who did not intervene despite the continuous gunshots demanded my presence many times but I asked the Turkish officers not tı send me to them, so I survived,” he added.Major Albayrak martyred in al-BabWhen Major Bulent Albayrak reached the region, Kıvanç Kaşıkçı and Muhammed Duran Keskin were kidnapped. The two soldiers were reportedly killed by Daesh. Albayrak was martyred 23 days later at al-Bab’s Sheikh Akil Hill in a bomb-laden vehicle attack. He was one of 12 Turkish soldiers who were martyred in the attack. In the coming days, control was established over Akil Hill and al-Bab. Photographs of the Turkish martyrs were unfurled around the city.Sergeants Kıvanç Kaşıkçı and Muhammed Duran Keskin were kidnapped and martyred on Nov. 29 2016 “by Daesh.” A Turkish soldier was killed in a missile attack on the Kifeyr military base in the same region they were abducted from. The perpetrators of the attack are still a mystery. It is alleged that the TAF army base in Kifeyr was attacked by the U.S.
PKK/PYD carry out mass arrests in Syria’s Manbij
The Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has begun to carry out arbitrary mass arrests targeting young men to force them to take up arms, from the PKK-occupied city of Manbij, in rural Aleppo, from where they’re sent to terror camps that have been set up in the city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani).Indiscriminate arrestsAccording to local sources, PKK/PYD sent 200 terrorists from the city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), in order to arrest young men and send them to the PKK-occupied city of Manbij. Every morning, PKK/PYD terrorists set up dozens of checkpoints on the main roads of Manbij, in addition to exit/entry points, where they have begun to arbitrarily arrest young men between the ages of 18 and 31.Sent to terror campsPKK/PYD terrorists have set up several checkpoints across the city of Manbij, including ones that were set up in the neighborhood of Jarablus Road and the Matahin intersection, and at the eastern and northern entrances of the central al-Jazireh neighborhood. Mobile checkpoints were also set up in the nearby Fara and al-Qersan towns. The arrestees are then moved to terror camps set up in the PKK-occupied Ayn al-Arab town in rural Aleppo. PKK/PYD actions were met with widespread reaction from Manbij traders who, in response to a call from the al-Bab military council, have taken part in a general strike yesterday. Residents of Manbij and nearby towns, whose relatives have been arrested by PKK/PYD terrorists, organized demonstrations to protest the arrests.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 security forces kill PKK terroristSyrian traders protest PKK/PYD move to arm local youthsSyria groups’ dialogue summit in Russia delayed