Four soldiers killed in Turkey's southeast. Fewer youths joining PKK, says Turkish premier. PKK seeking to infiltrate upcoming Mosul op: Ezidi MP.
The PKK ( "Workers' Party of Kurdistan") is categorized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. The group resumed its thirty-year long armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.
Since then, the PKK terrorist attacks killed over 800 members of Turkish security forces. They have also killed more than 350 civilians, including one hundred children. At least 8200 PKK terrorists were killed in army operations during the same period.
Police forces and the Turkish army launched attacks against positions of the separatist terrorist organization PKK and pursue its armed members in the south and southeast of the country and in northern Iraq in response to terrorist attacks by the organization within Turkey, which target civilians and members of security forces.
3 soldiers killed in PKK attack between Diyarbakır and Mardin
AA - Mardin - Halil İbrahim Sincar - Tutku Şenen - Three soldiers were killed Friday by a bomb planted along a highway by the PKK terrorist organization in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin, security sources said.
According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, PKK terrorists detonated the explosive as a military vehicle was traveling along the Mardin-Diyarbakır highway.
Ambulances immediately rushed to the scene and took the wounded to local hospitals.
An operation was launched in the region to apprehend the terrorists.
A soldier killed in PKK attack in Hakkari
AA – Hakkari (Turquie) – Yılmaz Kazandıoğlu - Necat Hazar - Tutku Şenen - A Turkish soldier was killed and three others were injured Friday by a bomb planted along a highway by the PKK terrorist organization in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari, security sources said.
According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, PKK terrorists detonated the explosive as a military vehicle was traveling in Hakkari's Şemdinli district.
All four wounded soldiers were initially taken to the Şemdinli and Yüksekova state hospitals.
After then being sent to a hospital in the eastern Van province, one of the wounded later succumbed to his injuries.
An air-supported operation in the region is underway to apprehend the terrorists.
Fewer youths joining PKK, says Turkish premier
Burcu Arik, Turkey (AA) – Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday the number of teenagers joining the PKK terrorist organization slowed in 2016 compared to previous years.
Speaking during the opening academic ceremony of a state university in Turkey’s western coastal province of Izmir, Yildirim said the PKK could no longer deceive and recruit young people.
Yildirim said over 4,500 young people joined PKK in 2014 “but they could only get only around 400 youths over the past 10 months to this year ."
He said this was “because our teenagers see their future not in the PKK mountains but in a developed, grown and fully self-contained Turkey".
PKK seeking to infiltrate upcoming Mosul op: Ezidi MP
Idris Okuducu - ERBIL, Iraq (AA) – Sibel Uğurlu - An Ezidi lawmaker in northern Iraq’s Kurdish parliament on Friday warned that the PKK terrorist organization may attempt to involve itself in the upcoming campaign to retake the Daesh-held city of Mosul under the guise of Shia militia groups.
"The PKK wouldn’t dare to breach Mosul’s city center," Sheikh Shamo told Anadolu Agency.
"But it may try to operate with the Hashd al-Shaabi in Tal Afar, which is close to Sinjar [west of Mosul], where it uses the threat posed by Daesh as a pretext to stay in the region," he said.
An umbrella group of pro-government Shia militias, the Hashd al-Shaabi hopes to participate in the upcoming Mosul campaign.
Atheel al-Nujaifi, for his part, who served as governor of Nineveh province (of which Mosul is regional capital) from 2009 to 2015, said that Mosul residents would not allow the PKK -- or the Hashd al-Shaabi -- to enter the city.
Al-Nujaifi went on to note that the central government in Baghdad had earlier promised not to include either the PKK or the Hashd al-Shaabi in the campaign to free Mosul.
Shahevan Abdullah, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (led by Kurdish Regional Government President Masoud Barzani), said in a statement published on the party’s official website that the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and local tribal would participate in the Mosul campaign, along with groups operating "under the name of the Hashd al-Shaabi".
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Muzahem Ahmed al-Hawayt, a spokesman for the tribes of Mosul, said it would not be possible to include the Hashd al-Shaabi -- or the so-called Sinjar Defense Units, which operate under the Hashd al-Shaabi name -- in the campaign.
"Under no circumstances can the Hashd al-Shaabi or the PKK join the Mosul operation. We consider both to be terrorist groups," he said.
In mid-2014, Daesh captured the northern city of Mosul and overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq.
Recent months have seen the Iraqi army, backed by a 60-nation air coalition led by the U.S., retake much territory. Nevertheless, the terrorist group remains in control of several parts of the country, including Mosul.
In recent weeks, the army and its allies have staged a gradual advance on the city, which officials in Baghdad have vowed to "liberate" by year’s end.
Edited by Sema Kaplan and İbrahim Yakut in Turkish & Ümit Dönmez & Marc Chenault & Declan McVeigh & Adam Moro in English.