26 July 2015

Turkey: the anti-ISIS operation continues. In a way.

And now this: Turkey Drops Bombs on Kurdish Group That Has Fought the Islamic State in Iraq.

Turkish forces bombed camps belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, officials confirmed on Saturday. The airstrikes — which were coupled with strikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria — complicate US-led coalition efforts to fight IS, as the PKK has been particularly effective at driving back militant forces on the ground in Iraq.

The PKK, which the Turkish government recognizes as a terrorist organization, has been fighting Ankara for independence since 1984. The two sides reached a peace agreement in 2013, but that deal that was likely dissolved by Friday's bombings.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the PKK violated their agreement to disarm and withdraw their fighters from Turkish territory.
No comment, but none required, innit?


Dick Stanley said...

Next up: Smuggled MANPADs for the Kurds, or at least training on how to lead a fighter-bomber with rifle fire.