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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

In alleged alliance with Assad, PKK threatens Turkey against Syria invasion

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MURAT KARAYILAN AND SENIOR PKK OPERATIVE HÜSEYIN AKDOĞAN, WHO WAS KILLED LAST YEAR BY TURKISH SECURITY FORCES. (PHOTO: CIHAN)
22 March 2012, Thursday /REUTERS WITH TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) threatened on Thursday to turn all Kurdish populated areas into a "war zone" if Turkish troops entered Syria, a sign the PKK which has allies in Syria may be taking sides in the conflict there.

A renewed alliance between Damascus and the PKK would anger Turkey and could prompt it to take an even stronger line against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over his brutal repression of anti-government protesters.      

PKK’s acting leader Murat Karayılan said Turkey was preparing the ground for an intervention in Syria.     

"The Turkish state is planning an intervention against our people," the Europe-based Fırat news agency, close to the PKK, quoted him as saying.     

"Let me state clearly, if the Turkish state intervenes against our people in western Kurdistan, all of Kurdistan will turn into a war zone," he said.      

Western Kurdistan is the term Kurdish nationalists use to describe Kurdish areas of northeast Syria, while by Kurdistan they mean the Kurdish areas of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran.     

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week that setting up a "safe zone" or a "buffer zone" along the border with Syria to protect civilians from Assad's forces was among the options being considered should the stream of refugees turn into a flood.     

Setting up such a zone would involve troops entering Syria to secure territory. Turkey has turned sharply against its former friend Assad and has taken a lead in trying to forge international agreement on the need for stronger action on Syria.     

While Syrian government forces are clashing daily with insurgents demanding the downfall of Assad, Syrian Kurdish areas have remained relatively calm, despite many Kurds' long-standing opposition to the government.     

Some Syrian Kurdish groups opposed to Assad have formed their own umbrella group after complaining of being sidelined by the main opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), which they say is dominated by Arab nationalists.     

But the comparative calm in Syria's Kurdish northeast may also be related to what some Kurdish analysts say is the growing influence of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Syrian Kurdish group allied to the PKK which has kept away from the opposition.

Turkey warns Syria on PKK

The PKK, set up in 1984 to fight for Kurdish home rule in southeast Turkey, is commanded from bases in the remote mountains of northern Iraq, but was once backed by Syria.     

Though Turkey has the second biggest army in NATO, it has failed to quash the PKK in 27 years of bitter fighting. More thann 40,000 PKK members, soldiers and civilians have been killed in the conflict. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all list the PKK as a terrorist organisation.     

Turkish officials say they are watching closely for signs Syria may renew its support for the PKK, which it dropped in late 1998 after Turkish tanks massed on the Syrian border. Damascus was forced to deport PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan who was later seized by Turkish special forces in Kenya.     

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has repeatedly said Syria "would not dare" make such a mistake again.     

Kurds make up at least 10 percent of Syria's population. Like the majority of Syrians, they are Sunni Muslims, but have struggled to assert their ethnic identity under 40 years of Arab nationalist Ba'ath Party rule.        

The Assad regime had denied some stateless Kurds Syrian nationality documents but it has made concessions since the start of the uprising to ease unrest in Kurdish areas.        

Some Arabs are concerned that the Kurds, mostly based in northeast Syria on the borders with Turkey and Iraq, secretly seek a separate state that includes crossborder territories.       

Syrian Kurd opposition groups deny wanting a separate state, but say they want autonomy similar to that of the Iraqi Kurds.

 
 
COMMENTS
Israel ,turkey ,Suidi Arabia last trio attack dogs dor the imperialist ,the good news is they are as toothless as the sparrow...El Hamdo lillah...Do not like Assad ?? jump in the Baltic in January will do ...
Esfandyar
assads moce to support the PKK was his biggest mistake1
Desigual
As usual, the world does nothing to help the victims, esocially muslims, so turkey needs to enter Syria with overwhelming force, to save these innocent civilans. This would clean up 2 problems: 1) Criminal Assad and his murdering minions 2) Terrorist PKK would have one less place to hide. I am afrai...
Osman from kanada
Turkey has turned sharply against its former friend Assad! YES. When Assad was burdering and suppressing Kurds Turkey didnt say a shit, he was a Friend... the same way Saddam was a friend. PKK is not in an alliance with a murderer like Assad. Their comments is only regarding western Kurdistan (Rojaw...
Kurdia
O, really(?!) you alighned with Assad only because kurds were under oppresion with no rights whatsoever in Syria under the Al-Assad's family dynasty. Now the snakes(PKK and Assad) are aligning. You know what, whomsoever see snakes destroys it. The snake betrayed Adam first, so no surprise here.
whomsoever
Turkey must into in Syria, but not innocently. Thats the time were USA is a little zoombie, to show our power, and blast Syria and kurdis dreams, hiting in his heart one time. İs needed to take Syria and enjoy all his resources, they must pay a price for his proudly behaviour. Who is who: we are Tur...
barkat
Well, zero problems inside and outside! A brilliant gov which gets outfoxed all the time!
Geo
Both Assad and the PKK have days which are numbered. It is clear that Assad is supporting the PKK. It's time for Turkey to act as this is not about Syria anymore but about defending Turkey from terrorsim and the evil Assad regime which wants all out chaos for not only the people of Syria, but now Tu...
Metin
the sooner turkey gets out of the syrian conflict the better for syrian people. Turks have done nothing for their sunni brothers other than talk we are sick of yr all talk no action no just get lost let us sunnis find another friend to help us.
Omar
I have no issues for Turkey to invade and fight both the Syrian Regime and PKK (not Kurds) with full force. We might just have to do this and no PKK threat will sway our resolved. Useless threat because we are prepared to kill and be killed, as there are no boundries to safeguard our children, paren...
Senol
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