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Iraq
5 PKK fighters killed amid 'serious' KRG complicity: PKK
2019-06-09
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[Rudaw] Five Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas were killed in recent Ottoman Turkish strikes, the party's armed wing announced Saturday, as the corpse count in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
’s Operation Claw on Kurdistan Region soil continues to rise.

The five fighters, including one woman, were killed on June 2 during PKK-Turkey festivities in Khuakurk, Erbil governorate near the Turkey-Iraq-Iran border, the epicenter of Operation Claw, according to the statement.

The PKK’s armed wing has in recent days accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of acting in "very serious" complicity in the large-scale Ottoman Turkish military offensive in the Region.

"If the South [Kurdistan Region of Iraq] authorities choose silence in this attack, then it likely means they are in agreement," Murat Karayilan, head of the PKK’s armed wing, told Firat News Agency.

In recent months, the KRG in Erbil and Iraqi central government in Baghdad have both called on Ankara to halt its military incursions while simultaneously and repeatedly demanding PKK withdrawal from their territory.

Karayilan also warned that offensives close to the border will not isolated in nature, instead forming part of a wider Ottoman Turkish invasion that will see the city of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
home to a significant Turkmen population and often viewed as an extension of Turkey’s national imaginary, fall under Ottoman Turkish control.

Currently headquartered in the Qandil mountains in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, just south of Khuakurk, the PKK has fought a decades-long armed struggle against the Ottoman Turkish state for greater political and cultural rights for Kurds in Turkey.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi met with Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
in Turkey, with discussions on increased cross-border security and intelligence partnerships high on the agenda.

While Turkey has repeatedly launched cross-border incursions and bombing raids against the PKK, Operation Claw is an escalation of unprecedented scale and extent.

Having entered its tenth day, the offensive shows no sign of abating. Turkey's Defense Ministry today announced the killing of two PKK fighters, bringing the corpse count to 46.

Four Ottoman Turkish soldiers have been killed since the offensive began on May 27, according to the same ministry.

Peshmerga fighters have also been caught in the crossfire of PKK-Turkey festivities during the Operation, with three maimed ‐ one critically ‐ when Ottoman Turkish jets bombed Khuakurk and its surrounding areas on Wednesday.

Operation Claw is targeting suspected PKK positions using a wealth of weaponry, including fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, artillery, ground forces and even the first reported use of a Ottoman Turkish-made ballistic missile.
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