Turkey Launches Bombing Campaign on the PKK in Northern Iraq

The Cradle Baghdad has condemned the ongoing violations of its territory by Ankara’s forces The Turkish army launched a bombing campaign against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on 17 April, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a statement a day later. Turkish drones, warplanes, and artillery units attacked PKK camps and ammunition depots,…

PKK Begins Winter Offensive ‘to Defeat Fascism’ in Iraqi Kurdistan

Steve Sweeney KURDISTAN Workers’ Party (PKK) guerilla fighters have launched a winter offensive against Turkey’s occupying forces in Iraqi Kurdistan, the organisation said yesterday. The new offensive comes as evidence of Ankara’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the region continues to mount. PKK officials told the Morning Star that the resistance was not merely…

Arab Parliamentary Union Condemns Aggressive Practices of Turkish Regime against Syria

7 August، 2021 Damascus, SANA The Arab Parliamentary Union condemned the continued aggressive practices of Turkey’s regime against Syria, particularly cutting off water in Hasaka province. “The Arab Parliamentary Union expresses its deep concern over the repeated aggressive Turkish practices against the brotherly Syrian people in the neighboring areas of Turkey, especially the repeated practices…

Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: Turkish Power Projection in Three Continents

Rick Rozoff Turkey’s soft power laid ground for risk-taking, military gains, former U.S. colonel says “We see a pattern of diplomatic engagement; diplomatic engagement breeds the commercial activity, the commercial activity breeds the military cooperation, and the military cooperation leads to industrial exchanges and in some cases defence and industrial cooperation,” [retired U.S. Colonel Rich]…

Turkey Boasts of NATO’s Second-Largest Army, Wants Aid in War against Kurds

Rick Rozoff At the opening of the NATO Maritime Security Center of Excellence in Istanbul, one of several NATO centers and commands in Turkey, the nation’s defense minister, Hulusi Akar, delivered an address that both touted Turkey’s role as a NATO powerhouse and expressed chagrin that the military bloc isn’t assisting it in its now…

Erdoğan Starts a Political Earthquake in Turkey

Vijay Prashad, E. Ahmet Tonak HDP politician Selahattin Demirtaş has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for “insulting the president”. Photo: ANF Significant developments are underway in Turkey. Most ominously, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved toward the banning of one…

Turkish Claims that the PKK is Operating in Artsakh Set a Dangerous Precedent

Paul Antonopoulos Conflict sparked up again yesterday in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against Armenian forces. Although the Republic of Artsakh is not recognized by any state, including Armenia, and it is still internationally recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territory, it achieved a de facto independence in 1994. As…

The Kurds Must Choose Between Loyalty to Syria or Defeat by Turkey

Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from occupied northeast Syria, the Kurds of al-Hasaka have, for the last two days, been negotiating with the government of Damascus on how to spare the province from a possible Turkish invasion. Syrian General Ali Mamlouk, the Syrian president’s special security advisor,…

Syrian Kurds Vow to Fight ‘to Death’ in Event of New Turkish Op in Syria

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its component, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have promised to fight “to the death” in the event of a new Turkish operation in northeastern Syria, SDF spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told Sputnik on Friday. “We will defend the north and the east of Syria to the death,”…