Turkey deploys military on Iraq's
By ekurd.net staff writers
November 22, 2011
DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish
region of Turkey, — Turkey has deployed a massive
military convoy in a southeastern district that
borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan
region, Iranian Press TV reported.
Turkish sources said the military convoy is
comprised of about 200 military vehicles, including
those that are resistant to mine blasts, Press TV's
Ankara correspondent reported.
The convoy had reportedly arrived in the Cukurca
district of the southeastern Kurdish province of
Hakkari [Turkey Kurdistan] on Monday morning and
then had moved towards Isikli and Cayirli border
Turkey's border areas with Iraq have been previously
Turkey has reportedly deployed 200 military
vehicles, including Kirpi armored vehicles (photo),
which are resistant to mine blasts.
of Turkish airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK) guerrillas but reports say that this is
the first time that such a huge military convoy has
been deployed in the region.
Turkish Cobra helicopters and jammer vehicles
accompanied the military convoy as it moved to the
carried out an
air strike in Iraq's northern Kurdish region on
Monday as part of a continued operation against
Kurdish PKK rebels,www.ekurd.net
from Kurdistan government said.
Also Turkish artillery targeted the PKK bases on
Monday in the
mountainous Turkish-Kurdistan Region borders
following reports that the two sides were holding
secret ceasefire talks. Kurdish Firat News Agency quoted PKK sources
saying PKK's defensive lines came under Turkish
artillery fire late Sunday in Chiya Rash and Tapi
Jahanami in the mountainous area of Zab, on the Turkish border, AK news website reported.
The PKK militants launch their attacks from Iraq's
Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of
Kurdistan Regional Government.
The president of Iraq's autonomous region of
Kurdistan Massoud Barzani said on Nov.4 in Ankara,
opposes Turkey’s military campaign
against Kurdish PKK rebels in northern Iraq as it
will fail to permanently end the conflict.
“Honestly, I disapprove of all these operations ...
I don’t think that one can achieve the result with
the military option”, Barzani told the Hurriyet
Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been
fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the
constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a
Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who
constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,
numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees,
lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the
way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within
Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against
the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
Sources: presstv.ir | AFP | Reuters |
aknews.com | ekurd.net | Agencies
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