Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The PKK’s Urban Warfare Tactics

The PKK’s Urban Warfare Tactics

For those who are delusional enough to support NATO backed terrorists in Turkey as they destabilize yet another nation. Turkey, in this case, specifically. Though the  PKK is active and fully participant alongside the US/NATO special forces in Iraq and Syria. As I’ve mentioned, repeatedly here, it was the PKK that took their terror into the neighbourhoods of south-eastern Turkey. Intentionally. They could have and should have stayed holed up in their mountain hideaways. But, they CHOSE to enter the residential neighbourhoods, so civilians would be caught up in their lusted for fight with Turkish police.  Because dead bodies make good PR via the NATO and so called alt media. I continue to be flabbergasted at the presentation of the drug running, human trafficking, blood & organs smuggling, NATO supported militias, as some sort of sainted martyrs.

People fleeing that PKK insurgency in their neighbourhoods

Seven months after violence between Turkey and the PKK began anew, the dynamics underpinning the conflict show no sign of abating. Even as the PKK is rolled back by a determined military push in cities across the region, it is adapting to the new, urban dimensions of a conflict once confined to the mountains of Turkey’s southeast.

Since the summer of 2015, Turkey and the insurgent Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have fought for control of cities and towns across country's majority Kurdish southeast, claiming the lives of over 200 civilians and displacing over 100,000. In late January this year, however, Prime Minister Davutoglu signaled that the months of urban battles may soon be at an end. Turkey's military, Davutoglu said, was preparing to declare victory “within a few days” against PKK insurgents in Cizre, an embattled town located on Turkey's border with Syria and Iraq, and in Sur, a historic walled district in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir.

But just hours after Davutoglu promised a new, less violent chapter in the state-PKK conflict, an insurgent ambush in Sur killed five Turkish police officers and soldiers. In the two days before the prime minister's address, seven more security officers had died in ambushes on the streets of Cizre and Sur. These incidents and other open-source casualty data maintained by International Crisis Group (ICG) suggest that the seven-month-old conflict has entered a new phase.
Those poor, poor innocent PKK militias- They're offered less violence and take that as a sign to kill, kill, kill.

According to this data, 28 soldiers and police officers were killed in Turkish state-PKK clashes in December, a figure that rose to 49 in January. In Sur, where an estimated 200 PKK fighters are battling approximately 2,000 security officials equipped with tanks and armored vehicles, 34 security officers have died since a military curfew went into effect on December 2. Security force fatalities in the district nearly tripled between December and January from 9 to 25, with fatalities from IEDs and snipers rising significantly.

The PKK has also employed more deadly urban tactics than in the summer of 2015, when the group relied on an armed urban youth militia known as the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) to secure and hold neighborhoods throughout the southeast. The group appeared to act without direct PKK supervision, but some believe the PKK provided the group with training and weapons.

When police cracked down on the YDG-H in the town of Cizre in September, an eight-day battle resulted in the death of 21 residents and sparked international concern over the Turkish government's counterterrorism tactics. Ankara, however, hailed the mission as a success: No police officers died during the operation that led to the arrest of dozens of YDG-H members.

After that confrontation, the YDG-H increased its use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to slow the Turkish military’s urban advances, a tactic the PKK may have learned from Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the predecessor to the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) in Syria. According to ICG data, more than 45 percent of the 259 security officers killed since July 2015 have fallen victim to IEDs.
There's that KurdIShIS connectivity, yet again! How many times does that connection have to slap you in the face before one realizes these two groups are connected!!!

The PKK announced another change in tactics in mid-December. The PKK leadership said it had reinforced the YDG-H with seasoned insurgents as part of a new urban group christened the Civil Protection Units (YPS), a name meant to imply protection of areas the group has declared autonomous from the Turkish government. Media and casualty data indicate that the spike in security force deaths coincides with the PKK’s decision to embed fighters with YPS units in urban areas.
A repeat of what took place in Syria. And these seasoned insurgents aka hardened murderous fighters will make life so very miserable for Kurds in Turkey that don't go along with this agenda, exactly as they did in Syria- Such good, good guys (facetious)

By late December, Turkish media began attributing a growing casualty tally in Sur to the deployment of PKK snipers, and speculated that the PKK had redeployed veteran fighters from the PKK-aligned YPG in northern Syria to fight in Sur. There is no reliable data to confirm where the snipers came from. Though pro-government media outlets speculate that no more than eight PKK snipers were dispatched to Sur, the Turkish military attributes 12 out of 34 security force deaths in Sur since December to snipers and 9 to IEDs, according to Crisis Group data.
I've talked about snipers previously- Snipers appear always in tandem with a destabilization.
Libya. Ukraine. Syria. Turkey.

Snipers have become a minor fixation for Turkish media, which in January was abuzz with the alleged death of Roza the Hunter, a female sniper who allegedly fought in Syria, and in February, improbably reported that two PKK snipers were foreigners of Serbian origin.

“When soldiers try to clear a barricade to defuse an IED on a street, they’re hit by snipers,” said Mahmut Bozarslan, a Diyarbakir-based journalist for Al-Monitor. Even as the military ratchets up its curfew in Sur and uses tanks to root out insurgents, “the PKK is learning to put its weapons—barricades, IEDs and snipers—together in an increasingly deadly way.”

The Turkish armed forces’ overwhelming firepower will eventually clear the lesser capable YPS and PKK in Sur and Cizre. It claims to have already killed a combined 605 insurgents in both curfew zones since December. ICG data lists total of 265 confirmed PKK deaths since the beginning of the conflict in July 2015. Post curfew, both communities are likely to resemble the border town of Silopi, where the military ended a 36-day crackdown in January. A heavy military and police presence and a curfew remain in Silopi.

In Cizre, Sur, and Silopi Ankara hopes to drive a wedge between residents and the PKK’s hardline leadership by pouring resources into reconstruction and economic development. Prime Minister Davutoglu will also hold weekly meetings with local Kurdish leaders in different Kurdish majority cities in Turkey’s southeast, though the plan is likely a bid to gain conservative Kurdish support for a proposed referendum to strengthen the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

But while Ankara may feel that months of urban battles are nearing an end, the PKK is unlikely to see it that way. “Erdogan said ‘we will crush [the PKK] this winter.’ Now winter is ending,” PKK lieutenant Durkan Kalkan said in a recent announcement. “They say ‘we’re going from the first stage to the second stage [of the state counterterrorism policy]. We’re winning victories.’ It’s the same old tale.” Ankara, meanwhile, remains determined to militarily defeat the PKK.

The PKK’s broader strategy is linked to its vision of political autonomy, a vague concept that entails local councils governing independent of parliament. The group’s current leadership in Kandil favors the use of armed struggle to coerce Ankara to make concessions to its imprisoned leader, Abdullah Öcalan. At times, the PKK appears divided, with Öcalan taking softer-line positions compared to that of the Iraq-based leadership. However, the return to the insurgency suggests that the group is united behind the current strategy. This implies a continued cycle of violence, especially in spring, when the bulk of the PKK will be able to traverse the now snow-filled mountain passes dividing Iraq from Turkey.

In Sur, the military could prevent another flare-up in urban violence. But in other neighborhoods of Diyarbakir, the PKK could draw the military into a similar confrontation, while in more rural areas, bordered by mountains, the military may not be able to prevent PKK infiltration from Iraq.

The increasing deadliness of the PKK’s urban insurgency suggests that it may be equally, if not more willing than ever, to draw the Turkish military into whack-a-mole style battles in cities throughout the southeast. Absent a return to the peace process, the prospect of a yet more deadly chapter of conflict looms large.
Such swell guys and gals those PKK/YPG killers...

 Those relinks should do for a bit of essential background but of course there is much more information to be found here regarding the PKK: Destabilizing Turkey. Supported by NATO. And their crime syndicate activities.

From Yesterday 

Aleppo: Syrian Actions- NATO Reactions


  1. As luck would have it I stumbled across an important article linked above- Enjoy it. It's not likely I'll be back here for at least a couple of days. However, I will take the time to read the comments and please leave information or relevant links for others to read
    Thanks again :)

  2. Have any of the readers noticed the msm language being employed regarding Aleppo?

    "Aleppo may fall to Regime Forces"
    What the fall of Alepp means- stuff like that

    Ignoring completely that if SAA RETAKES Aleppo it is only because it has been previously under siege by NATO mercs already! And for goodness sakes Aleppo is Syria's business city and I believe the largest city in Syria

    The media presentation is manipulative, to say the least!
    I hope, truly, none are buying that perception management

  3. Seeing much Kurd info last week especially

    The term "Syrian Kurds" infuriates me, even though I am not Syrian. Guess I got too close to Syria over the last 4 years.


    Syrian Kurds plan opening missions in US, EU

    {been awhile since making link- hope that's right ]

    "We are planning to open missions in the US, Germany, France and Sweden in the near future," she told an opening ceremony of the Moscow office.

    Representative of the "Syrian Kurds" Rodi Otman and Senam Mohamed

    It's amazing how wealthy these Kurds have become of late. Barzani sect is obvious and the others, as you've pointed out have numerous legit and Non legit enterprises.

    It takes more than $$$ to become 'in the limelight' politically though

    Hope things are better there. I lost a husband back in 1981, he was not ill, so the shock was doubly + bad. I know how huge the loss is losing a spouse.

    1. Hey Karin :)

      It's going to be a long, long road for my sister :(

      As for the term "syrian kurds" it means as much as any other empty term employed by the msm, since most "syrian kurds" are PKK hailing from all over the place.

      As for money? The Kurdish militias tied to PKK & PKK itself have lots and lots of money- they have their own media mouthpieces and lobbyists

      They trade in misery. drugs. organs. they are extortionists extraordinaire... and they have NATO backing. So......money and influence is not a problem for them

  4. Oh and Penny, I sure hope you have been able to see the Erdogan Show these last 3 days. He's the only entertainment in this whole mess.

    I wonder what "motion 1" deal that he and W (bush) made back in 2003 he alludes to ?

    1. I've not been able to pay too much attention to Erdogan at all..
      In 2003 we go back to the attack on Iraq
      In this post I go over some of that history
      Wolfowitz double cross


      linked to a few interesting articles:


      "The Turkish position toward the United States was listed under four main headings to Wolfowitz:

      First, meet our economic losses from such an operation; second, any new Iraqi regime should be accepted by the Iraqi people; third, Turkey opposes any independent Kurdish entity in northern Iraq; fourth, the rights of Turcomans should be guaranteed, and Kirkuk and Mosul cannot be left to the hands of the Kurds.

      Wolfowitz had earlier predicted Turkish officials to make these demands, clearly disclosing the aim of his visit to Turkey and trying to demonstrate to the Turks the incentives of removing Saddam regime in Baghdad.

      “During my meetings with Turkish officials, I look forward to hearing what they have to say concerning the future of Iraq. We value Turkey’s views highly, and my colleagues in Washington will be interested in what I have to report,” he said.

      “Turkey has large and legitimate interests in Iraq, and it has suffered economically from Iraq’s international isolation since the Gulf War.

      “Turkey is interested in the fate of Iraq’s Turkoman minority which, like the rest of the Iraqi population, has suffered under tyrannical rule.

      “And Turkey wants assurances that events in Iraq won’t have a negative impact on its own unity.

      “President Bush has made clear how dangerous Saddam is to the United States and that he presents a danger we cannot live with indefinitely. But we also understand that Turkey has a vital national interest in the kind of regime that rules in Baghdad. Natural patterns of trade and investment should prevail, not those that Baghdad manipulates today.

      “It is vital to Turkey that Iraqis govern themselves democratically, with full respect for minorities, including the Turkomans, and to maintain the territorial integrity of Iraq.

      “A separate Kurdish state in the north would be destabilizing to Turkey and unacceptable to the United States. Fortunately, the Kurds of north Iraq increasingly seem to understand this fact and understand the importance of thinking themselves as Iraqis who will participate fully in the political life of a future democratic Iraq"

      We can see as far back as 03 that the US was sowing the seeds of Turkey's destabilization

      I think there is another post here that goes over that history, but, right now I can't find it

      thanks for stopping by karin :)

    2. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/11/Kurdistan-is-part-of-Iraq-and-should-remain-so-PM-Abadi.html

      The Iraq Move is NOT coordinated with US. See the release of the US warning about the Mosul dam break. Iraq PM says such threat - a Katrina situation - is slowing deployment on the city


      A10 attack Aleppo Russia says US while US denies.
      A10 are ground support. Who might they be hitting as NATO pushes AWAC and Naval deployments

      Will Russians pull back on ceasefire in replay of pocket in Ukraine?



      Side note the Turkish Israel pipeline is back on.

      A kurd declaration would presumably be interconnected whcih would find an interlink to Europe via GREECE via Turkey?

      Steinitz added: “If important reserves are discovered in Israel and Egypt, or even in Egypt, this could justify the construction of a long pipeline to Greece.”

      Interesting comment in wake of ENI find offshore Egypt and the Israeli rush to ramp up exploration as the Lebanon Presidential situation being draged out. Leaving aside the reverse flow issues, Aleppo surround outs nail in the Arab gas pipeline extension hopes

      "Sever puts it: “future operation to transport the reported interruptible quantities of gas for the reported duration would not be economical as far as EMG is concerned.”


      Which comes back to MI predicting the downfall of Sisi

    3. Will Russians pull back on ceasefire in replay of pocket in Ukraine?

      apparently yes. why? Saudi?

  5. “Kurds are our historical friends. And we want them to continue their existence in prosperity and happiness within the states they live in. Our region is not strong enough to bear new crises. We hope Kurds in other countries will enjoy full citizenship rights as Kurds in Iran do. And if we defend the territorial integrity of Turkey and Iran, we do the same for Iraq and Syria as well.”


  6. Penny I thought about our discussion in January about the term "blow back" when I watched this video:


    In discussing Turkey, analyst Joaquin Flores uses the term several times in the sense that I understand it.

  7. http://m.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/02/10/anti-islamic-state-effort-us-views-turkey-as-major-impediment.html

    Turkey is a US/NATO Ally? A partner? Hmmm...

  8. I`ll get back to comments later
    thanks all!