Turkey’s president has welcomed a criminal probe into the leaders of the pro-Kurdish HDP opposition over their calls for autonomy. Ankara has been cracking down on protesters supporting the Kurdish minority in the country.
The criminal investigation was opened last week after the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) issued a statement calling for the Kurdish population in the southeast of the country to be given self-government.
100 Kurdish women and children were killed in southeastern Turkey over the past six months, said the Human Rights Watch and added that the number is not exact. The victims died during government special operations and armed clashes.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters will get large weapons supplies, including anti-tank missiles and munitions, from Germany, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday. Meanwhile, some German small arms are surfacing on the black market.
The Peshmerga militia fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are to receive 4,000 G36 assault rifles and 6 million rounds of ammunition. Several German shipments will also include 200 Milan anti-tank missiles and 6 Dingo armored personnel carriers, as well as spare parts to Kurdish-operated Dingos already in use, according to Der Spiegel.
Turkey descending into civil war, as predicted.
Demonstrators cover their faces as they clash with riot police during a protest against the curfew in Sur district, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, December 14, 2015
Seven Kurds have been killed following clashes with Turkish security forces in the southeast of the country. Two died in the city of Diyarbakir as protesters fought with police, while a further five lost their lives in the Mardin province.
Around 5,000 people gathered for a march in Diyarbakir on Monday, according to AP, which was called by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). They are unhappy about round-the-clock curfews being implemented in the region. Diyarbakir province, in the southeast of Turkey, is a stronghold of the Turkish Kurds.
However, the protests turned violent, with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the demonstrators. Two people were killed as police clashed with the crowds, a hospital official and witnesses said, as cited by Reuters.
US President Barack Obama has maintained that the redeployment of 300 military “advisers” into Iraq is not a return to combat operations. But according to Kurdish fighters, US soldiers have been involved in a covert ground war for months.
Now that Europe’s migrant crisis is making international headlines on a nightly basis, France and Britain are set to use the influx of aslylum seekers as a pretext for airstrikes in Syria. The timing could not be more convenient as new “intelligence” suggests that Russia is expanding its presence in the Assad stronghold around Latakia. For its part, Germany is out warning the Kremlin against “military engagement.”
– Russia Sends More Tank Landing Ships, Military Aircraft To Syria (ZeroHedge, Sep 9, 2015):
On Wednesday, Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled Europe’s preliminary “plan” to try and cope with the massive influx of asylum seekers fleeing the violence in war-torn Syria. Brussels’ approach to the crisis will reportedly involve a list of so-called “safe countries of origin.” As WSJ reported earlier today, migrants from those countries who are denied asylum will be subject to fast-track repatriation.” Here’s what we said about the proposed “safe” countries list:
Because there are “safe” countries of origin that must mean there’s a list of “unsafe” countries of origin as well, and we can only assume that list includes Syria, which Europe will make safer by bombing it.
That was a reference to reports out earlier this week that suggested French President Francois Hollande’s response to Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II would involve bombing the very place from which the refugees are fleeing. Here’s what Bloomberg (and Hollande himself) said on Monday:
– Angry Mobs Torch Kurdish Offices, Shops As Turkey Descends Into Chaos (ZeroHedge, Sep 9, 2015):
History is replete with examples of US-backed world leaders oppressing their people with Washington’s implicit blessing and despite the fact that the eyes of the world are trained squarely on Syria and, by extension, on any neighboring country that has a role to play in determining the outcome of the Syrian civil war, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to orchestrate a political coup of epic proportions in plain sight by plunging his people into civil war as NATO looks the other way.
What Erdogan has done, in the space of just three months, is nullify a democratic election outcome by first obstructing efforts to form a coalition government on the way to calling for new elections, then launching a military campaign against the PKK, knowing full well that if enough people are killed between now and the time Turks return to the ballot box in November, the public’s negative perception of the PKK will likely translate to diminished support for the pro-Kurdish HDP, which was in part responsible for AKP losing its absolute parliamentary majority in June.
This is all possible because Erdogan was effectively allowed to trade access to Incirlik (which gives the US army a forward operating base for what will eventually be a ground incursion in Syria) for NATO’s acquiescence to the extermination of the Kurdish opposition in Turkey.
Just another elite puppet …
– TURKEY’S ERDOGAN IS JEWISH? (Aangirfan, Nov 10, 2011)
– Turkey Invades Iraq: Two Battalions Launch Ground Incursion In “Hot Pursuit” Of “Terrorists” (ZeroHedge, Sep 8, 2015):
On Monday we warned that the violence in Turkey stemming from Ankara’s politically-motivated, NATO-sponsored crackdown on the PKK is escalating rapidly as are efforts to censor the media and attack (verbally or otherwise) the pro-Kurdish HDP, whose strong showing at the ballot box in June triggered an absurdly transparent effort on the part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to undermine the country’s fragile democracy by using ISIS as a smokescreen to gain international support for the resumption of civil war with the Kurds.
As a reminder, Ankara is on the offensive after a series of attacks blamed on the PKK killed multiple Turkish soldiers over the weekend. Here’s what we said yesterday: Erdogan told the the press that the war on terror would now be waged “with much greater determination” and that means more violence and more crackdowns on the media and anyone deemed to be a PKK sympathizer. Sure enough, AKP supporters massed outside the headquarters of the Hurriyet newspaper on Sunday, accusing the paper of misquoting Erdogan and on Monday, HDP offices were attacked across the country. More from Zaman: