The Kurds have always been a strong American ally and have singly been the most effective fighting force on the ground against the Islamic State (ISIS). But apparently, Barack Obama has just stabbed the Kurds in the back after Turkey pretends to join the fight against ISIS in order to attack the Kurds.
FOX News Turkey has now reopened its war on the PKK Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and in Syria. Turkish police rounded up hundreds of Kurdish activists in Turkey and tonight dozens of Turkish fighter planes attacked PKK positions in Syria and Iraq.
As the conduit for weapons and supplies to ISIS, Turkey had been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State terror group despite gain made by the group on Turkey’s doorstep. Now, Turkish warplanes are directly striking ISIS locations, which started Saturday in Syria and continued with a bombing run against Kurds in northern Iraq.
Turkey wants to gain land in the war on Syria not lose any. Idleb and Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq are regions that Erdogan would like to add to his realm. As the Kurds in Syria as well as Iraq had some success in fighting against the Islamic State and increased their territories the Turkish AKP government saw its plans in shambles.
To change the situation, Turkish president Erdogan has decided to reopen the war against the Kurds under the disguise of joining the pretend U.S. war against the Islamic State.
The strikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, muddle the U.S.-led half-hearted fight against ISIS. The U.S. has relied on Syrian Kurds affiliated with the PKK to carry out attacks against ISIS militants.
National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey strongly condemned the recent attacks by the Kurdish PKK, which the U.S. has designated a terrorist group, and said the PKK should renounce terrorism and resume talks with Ankara. A senior Obama administration spokesliar said there was no connection between the move to deepen U.S.-Turkish cooperation against ISIS and the airstrikes that Turkey is currently carrying out against the PKK.
Tensions between Turkey and the Kurds have flared in days following the ISIS bombing in Suruc on Monday. Kurdish groups have blamed the government for not doing enough to combat ISIS. On Wednesday, the PKK claimed responsibility for killing two Turkish policemen in the Kurdish majority city of Sanliurfa.
The PKK said the strikes spelled the end of the peace process aimed to end three decades of conflict in Turkey’s mainly-Kurdish southeast that has killed tens of thousands of people. “Turkey has basically ended the cease-fire,” Zagros Hiwa, a PKK spokesman, told The Associated Press.
Turkish police arrest dozens for protesting against Turkey’s airstrikes on the Kurds.