PKK to ramp up Turkey
attacks: pro-PYD journalist

“The PKK is starting the biggest battle since the 1990s,” Hussein Omar claimed.

Elazig blast site. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

BEIRUT – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is allegedly set to ramp up its attacks against Turkish security forces in the coming days, according to a journalist close to the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD).


“The PKK is starting the biggest battle since the 1990s,” Hussein Omar wrote Monday on Facebook, in reference to the group’s insurgency campaign prior to its declaration of a unilateral ceasefire in 1999.


“Follow Turkish media in the coming days, which will be the most difficult days ever for the government of [Turkish president] Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” the commentator, who Enab Baladi described as being close to the PYD, added.


He also warned that Erdogan “stuck his fingers in a wasp's nest” and will feel “poisonous stings.”


Omar, a member of the West Kurdistan Intellectuals Union, did not go into further details in his terse Facebook post, saying only that he received his information from “private sources.”


The Kurdish commentator’s allegations come after Turkey last week launched a major incursion into Syria aimed at pushing back ISIS and preventing Kurdish forces from expanding further along the border following.


The operation, dubbed “Euphrates Shield,” has seen Turkish special forces and tanks cross the border to bolster rebel forces as they seized the ISIS-held town of Jarablus. In the ensuing days, the joint forces have moved southward, clashing with troops affiliated with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) outside the town of Manbij, which the SDF seized earlier in August.


Shortly after Turkey’s intervention, PYD co-leader Saleh Muslim said that “Turkey will be defeated in the Syrian quagmire, just like ISIS,” adding that while Ankara previously involved itself in the Syrian war through its proxy forces, its direct involvement in the conflict “will cause them great losses.”


Ankara has repeatedly warned that it will not accept a Kurdish zone of control along its territory, citing the links between the PYD and its People’s Protection Units with the PKK currently engaged in a seething conflict with Turkish authorities.


Since July 2015, the PKK has conducted near daily shooting, ambush as well as bombing attacks against Turkish security forces, killing hundreds; while Ankara says over 2,000 Kurdish insurgents have died in the fighting.


NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report.

The blast scene of a police station bombed by the PKK in Turkey's Elazig. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

He also warned that Erdogan “stuck his fingers in a wasps nest” and will feel “poisonous stings.”

  • dutchnational

    It is not up to Turkey to decide who controls what in another country. What would they say if Syria says kurds should be independent within Turkey and send in troops to enforce that opinion? The PKK should indeed, tactically, ramp up its fight within Bakur and the big western cities. With more and more heavy materiel and troops being sucked into Syria, the effects of the coup reprisals and the effects of an increased insurgency, the effects on their effectiveness will become visible. I feel almost sorry for them.

    August 30, 2016