Turkey may launch new incursion in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s military chief threatened Monday to send the armed forces into Iraq again to “teach further lessons” to Kurdish rebels and claimed that a recent incursion was a success despite harsh winter weather.The eight-day operation was launched to strike rebels who use bases in northern Iraq to stage hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets. Turkey withdrew on Feb. 29.

“There are further lessons that we need to teach,” Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told journalists in a briefing on Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. “There will be operations when needed. We will continue. We will try to inflict heavier blows on the PKK.”

Buyukanit said the troops carried out raids against rebel positions at night and in deep snow.

“They have turned disadvantages into advantages due to the operational capability of the armed forces,” Buyukanit said.

Read ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s military chief threatened Monday to send the armed forces into Iraq again to “teach further lessons” to Kurdish rebels and claimed that a recent incursion was a success despite harsh winter weather.

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The eight-day operation was launched to strike rebels who use bases in northern Iraq to stage hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets. Turkey withdrew on Feb. 29.

“There are further lessons that we need to teach,” Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told journalists in a briefing on Turkey’s offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. “There will be operations when needed. We will continue. We will try to inflict heavier blows on the PKK.”

Buyukanit said the troops carried out raids against rebel positions at night and in deep snow.

“They have turned disadvantages into advantages due to the operational capability of the armed forces,” Buyukanit said.

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Israel and the Kurdish Regional Government assist Turkish attacks against Kurds

LONDON – Israel has been supporting Turkey in its oppression against the Kurdish people, revealed local sources.
A spokesperson of the PKK stated that in the current conflict, the Israeli army is assisting the Turks in their oppression of Kurds.
The Turkish Prime Minister stated that the incursion is coordinated with “the local administration in Northern Iraq.” This implies that the Kurdistan Regional Government, which Turkey terms as the administration of Northern Iraq, avoiding using the words “Kurd” or “Kurdistan,” have been coordinating with Turkey.
By mentioning the coordination with the “local administration in Northern Iraq” the Turkish Prime Minister may mean Jalal Talabani, the head of PUK and the President of Iraq. Abdulla Gul telephoned Talabani on Friday. Turkey refuses to recognise any Kurdistan Regional Government. In fact, Turkey refuses to fully recognise an ethinc group known as Kurd.
However in a statement, 24 hours after the incursion and under huge pressure from media and the people of Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a statement condemning the incursion.