Turkey kills 99 Kurdish militants in Iraq border area

Both Turkey and the US recognise the PKK as being terrorists, and yet the US is using them as its “boots on the ground”.  I wonder if they are going to dare to complain about Turkey killing them.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security/turkey-kills-99-kurdish-militants-in-latest-operations-military-idUSKCN1BK0CR?il=0

<h2><b>Turkey kills 99 Kurdish militants in latest operations: military</b></h2>

Reuters Staff

September 9, 2017

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish security forces have killed 99 Kurdish militants, including a high-ranking one, in operations in southeast Turkey over the last two weeks, the armed forces said on Saturday.

Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, near the Iraqi border, the military said in a statement.

“Ninety-nine terrorists have been neutralized. One is in the so-called leading ranks,” it said.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Turkey and the European Union, has waged a more than three-decade insurgency against the state.

The PKK, which seeks autonomy for the largely Kurdish southeast, has bases in the mountains on both sides of the Turkey-Iraq border and is frequently targeted by Turkish security forces.

The operations, which were carried out between Aug. 24 and Sept. 7, led to the seizure of 420 kg (925 lbs) of ammonium nitrate, used to make explosives, as well as bombs, guns and rifles, the military said.

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A new square on the Grand Chessboard

This story is a prediction of what may happen in the future, so it inherently can not be tested now, but it can certainly be watched and tested in the future.  The US has managed to insert its proxies, the Kurdish fighters, into Syria without the agreement of the Syrian Government, in fact they have declared it to be an invasion by an enemy power.

Yet by continued backing of the Kurdish cause for a state of their own, which ALL the region’s powers are against, the US will have produced a very intractable problem. So this problem will never be resolved, and the US bases in Syria will continue to remain in Syria and northern Iraq.    This would leave them well-placed to influence any further military actions in the future, whatever they may be. A new square on the Grand Chessboard has been created, and the US holds it, albeit at great expense over the coming years and at the cost of antagonising Turkey, Iraq and Syria.  (It is completely accidental that the region has its own oil resources.)

Al-Mansar is an independent news agency with close ties to the Syrian Government, so has been pilloried in the western media for years. But this prediction makes a lot of sense – we shall see.

 

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-forces-occupy-syria-decades-come/

US forces to occupy Syria for decades to come

 

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – According to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Silo, the strategic interests of the United States in Syria dictate that its forces will continue to occupy the northern regions of the country, in collusion with Kurdish separatist wishes, for many decades to come.

 

According to the SDF representative, Washington will continue to develop its strategic policies in SDF-occupied northern Syria via various military and economic cooperation initiatives with Kurdish-dominated political structures that have been established under the Democratic Union Party (PYD) long after ISIS in gone.

In the past, Silo has openly admitted that the SDF is a tool of American foreign policy in Syria and that the alliance group is forbidden by its US handlers from cooperating with either the Damascus government or Russia.

The announcement by Silo comes around the same time British Army representative for Operation Inherent Resolve Major General Rupert Jones said that the US-led coalition (supposedly against ISIS) would not allow “Syrian regime forces” to move north of the Euphrates River (into SDF-occupied regions). In doing so, Jones essential confirmed suspicions long-expressed by pro-Damascus analysts that Western powers (led by US) pursue a second unspoken policy in Syria aimed at preventing government forces from restoring sovereignty in the country’s northern regions.