Disagreements between government and army of Turkey hinder destroying PKK terrorists

Disagreements between government and army of Turkey hinder destroying PKK terrorists

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 17 / Trend U.Sadikhova, R.Hafizoglu /

The struggle of Turkey and Iraq against the terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is complicated by differences within Iraq, as well as the differences in the fighting plans the Turkish government and army

"While the Turkish government proposes to solve the PKK issue peacefully, the army supports the military destruction of PKK, Mustafa Ozjan, a leading Turkish analyst on the Middle East, told Trend by telephone from Istanbul. - But the Turkish government and army have to harmonize their actions".

During his visit to Ankara, Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi said that the central government in Baghdad would not allow the establishment of an independent Kurdistan state in northern Iraq, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.

"We will not allow the establishment of a Kurdistan state," - Al-Hashimi said at a meeting with President of Turkey Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Rajap Tayyip Erdogan.
The Vice President said that the terrorist organization PKK will be either destroyed or will be withdrawn from Iraq, because it imposes a threat not only for Turkey, but also Iraq.

PKK, established in the late 70s with the support of the Soviet Union, seeks to create an independent Kurdish state in south-eastern Turkey and northern Iraq. Due to a series of terrorist attacks against Turkish army and civilians, the organization was recognized as terrorist by the USA, Europe and several countries in the Middle East.

The main base of PKK is located in northern Iraq in the Kandil Mountains. Despite the joint anti-terrorist operation of Turkey and Iraq against Kurdish separatists, because of internal instability in Iraq, the strategic cooperation has not brought results.

Observers believe that the strategic agreement signed between Ankara and Baghdad is inefficient because of the differences in Iraq with regards to PKK.

Ahmed al-Tagi, head of Kirkuk Center for Strategic Studies, thinks that the government of the Kurdish administration seeks to weaken the central power in Baghdad, and therefore, wants to weaken Iraq's cooperation with Turkey against the terrorists.

"The administration of Northern Iraq complicates the process of struggle of Turkey and Iraq against terrorists - al-Tagi told Trend by telephone. - Northern Iraq is controlled by the Kurds, and this creates a problem for the central government. Therefore, Baghdad wants to intervene in the fight against the PKK."

Ozjan also believes that using a national factor, the Kurdish administration defends PKK, and therefore, Baghdad is not capable to pressure on the administration to destroy the PKK.  

However, for Ankara it will be more profitable to cooperate with the Kurdish administration, than with Baghdad.

It will be difficult for Ankara and Baghdad to resolve the PKK issue without the participation of the Kurdistan regional government, said Joost Hiltermann, an analyst on Iraq.  

"Baghdad plays only a marginal role, as it has no effective control in the Kurdistan region, Hiltermann, deputy director of Middle East program at International Crisis Group, told Trend via e-mail. - The PKK issue is high on the agenda of ongoing talks between the Turkish government and the KRG, and if there is to be any workable and durable solution, it will have to come from such talks." 

Kurdish administration, chaired by Masoud Barzani, was established after the overthrow of the regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003. The former Iraqi leader was a strong opponent of the Kurdish government and independent state.

In 1988, due to statements by Kurdish leaders of Iraq regarding establishment of an independent government in the country's north, Hussein's government used chemical weapons against the Kurdish population of Halabadzha, killing about one million civilians.

However, Turkey considers that it will be easier to destroy the terrorist PKK if the Ankara government and the army coordinate their actions.

President of Turkey Abdullah Gul said that the ruling Justice and Development Party has prepared a series of fights against Kurdish terrorists, but the details are not reported.

But the Head of General Staff of the Army Ulker Bashbug said that Turkey would fight against the PKK by the end, regardless of where the terrorists are based, Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.
His words were a response to the appeal of the leader of the combat wing of the PKK Murat Karayylan to Ankara to begin talks with Kurdish separatists.

"If it is missing, more such opportunities will not appear," said Karayylan.

Head of General Staff of Turkey said that Ankara would never negotiate with the PKK and will fight by the end, because the Kurdish terrorists are dangerous not only for Turkey, but also for Iraq.

However, Ozjan believes that the pressure on the PKK in Iraq would lead to the relocation of members of the party to Turkey and Iran, which could lead to weakening of the terrorists.

"Turkish intelligence will not allow them [the members of the PKK] to move to Turkey, and therefore, they can settle in the uncontrolled territories of Iran," said Ozjan.

Iran also constantly conducts military operations in northern Iraq against the members of the PKK and the fighters of the Kurdish terrorist movement PJAK.

Do you have feedback? Contact our journalist at: [email protected]

Indian-American, 5, Reads 36 Books Nonstop In 105 Minutes, Sets Record
Indian-American, 5, Reads 36 Books Nonstop In 105 Minutes, Sets Record
India becomes largest buyer of US crude in first quarter of 2021
India becomes largest buyer of US crude in first quarter of 2021
Iran implements its plan on domestic production in full - deputy minister
Iran implements its plan on domestic production in full - deputy minister
Loading Bars
Latest
Azerbaijan's CBA signs contract to acquire licenses for cybersecurity
Uzbekistan’s centers of public services improve work on basis of Azerbaijan's ASAN
Iran's LPG exports decreases
USDA unveils forecast for Azerbaijan's barley production
Russian Technonikol looks to build thermal insulation plants in Kazakh Almaty region
Indian-American, 5, Reads 36 Books Nonstop In 105 Minutes, Sets Record
Weekly review of Georgian's capital markets
Georgian Inert Materials Complex company investing in extraction of gravel materials
Nar’s renovates its service centers in Baku and regions (PHOTO)
India becomes largest buyer of US crude in first quarter of 2021
Turkmenistan's Mary region opens tender for construction of schools
Iran implements its plan on domestic production in full - deputy minister
Azerbaijan publishes latest data on COVID-vaccinated citizens
Investments in Kazakhstan's agriculture surge
Several international companies express interest in Georgian FDI Grant
Minister discloses amount of export of Azerbaijan’s non-oil products
Iran tightens restrictions for travelers on borders with Turkey, Iraq
Azerbaijan confirms 1,151 more COVID-19 cases, 1,052 recoveries
Georgia to place new Eurobonds
Iran looks to set up advanced centrifuges at Natanz nuclear plant
Kazakhstan increases exports to UK
Iran Oil Ministry to fund startups
Iran unveils generation capacity of thermal power plants
Azerbaijan temporarily bans import of poultry meat from several countries
Georgia shares data on revenues from tobacco excise duty
S.Korean PM, Iranian Supreme Leader's Advisor discuss frozen Iranian funds
Kazakhstan, Belarus trade surges
Potato, onion planting completed in Dashoguz region of Turkmenistan
Iran's TEDPIX sees decline
Swiss government urges voters to back COVID-19 law that foes want to ditch
Kazakhstan exceeds plan on petroleum products output
High-voltage substation with digital control system to be built in Uzbek Jizzakh region
Azerbaijani president signs order to set up new enterprises in Balakhani Industrial Park
Revenues of Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan from communication services increase
Turkish Aksa Enerji building thermal power plants in Uzbek Tashkent region
Maersk Explorer completes drilling activities for Shah Deniz
Unicorns of 2021: Gupshup, ShareChat latest entrant to $1B club; total number rises to 10
In a first, surgery restores 'right' music to man's ear
Cargo transportation in Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan increases
Georgia reveals volume of pension fund's assets
Volume of SOCAR Ukraine’s aviation fuel supplies revealed
Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport gains 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating
U.S., European consumers warm up to electric vehicles, but remain wary of price
Kazakhstan’s KAZAKHALTYN delists its shares from Stock Exchange
Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan sees increase in investments in fixed assets
Several contracts signed in Iran’s oil sector
Azerbaijan announces restoration of Araz newspaper's office building in liberated Fuzuli (PHOTO)
Domino's, Nuro to start robot pizza delivery in Houston
Turkmenabat cotton spinning factory of Turkmenistan exports most of its products
GDP of Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan shows increase
Turkmenistan’s Foreign Economic Affairs bank talks volume of net profit for 2020
Average monthly nominal salary in Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan continues to grow
Kazakhstan Railways opens tender for rolling stock repair
Turkish Ziraat Bank shares forecast for Azerbaijan's GDP in 2021-22
Kazakhstan's gas consumption exceeds plan in 1Q2021
Kazakhstan’s Ulba Metallurgical Plant announces tender for equipment repairs
Iran has greater potential in technology than in oil sector - minister
Azerbaijan discloses daily volume of oil production for March 2021
Assets of Kazakhstan’s National Fund decrease
Iran's CBI allows some traders to import commodities, instead of revenues
Iranian technology companies produce number of aviation products
OECD countries’ crude oil imports fell in 2020
Georgia implements program aimed at supporting real estate sector
Total OECD natural gas imports decrease by over 5%
IMF reveals forecast for breakeven oil price in Azerbaijan
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for April 12
Production volumes in all sectors of manufacturing industry increase in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan to consider bill on products omitted from EAEU Unified List
President of Belarus due in Azerbaijan
Iran wants return to JCPOA's original model - Iranian official
Time in Iran's favor - AEOI official
Satcom wins contract from West African country
Czech COVID-19 daily tally lowest since September as pupils return to classroom
US Fortinet offers various modern cybersecurity solutions for Azerbaijani SMEs
Manufacture volumes of many types of products increased in Turkmenistan
Iran Air asks Boeing to fulfill its obligations
Iran announces annual budget for free economic zones
Iran discusses implementation of changes to national currency
Iran starts fueling new generation of centrifuges in Natanz
Iran's petrochemical exports rise
Iran to legally follow enforcement of Boeing contracts
Iran and China cooperation accord to improve economy - Iran's Minister of Economy
SOCAR's Supervisory Board working on enhancing company's operability (PHOTO)
Iran looks to remove additional regulations to boost production
Azerbaijan's AzFina discusses contribution to developing local payment systems' int'l co-op
Russia's Hevel expresses readiness to supply innovative solar modules to Azerbaijan
Central Bank of Azerbaijan talks adaptation of payment terminals to updated banknotes
Iran's knowledge-based companies flourish, pushed by restrictions
Azerbaijan names another state bodies to switch to G-Cloud
Situation around Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh discussed in Georgian parliament
Activities of western ports of Iran's Hormozgan Province announced
Indian Business Tycoon Yusuffali MA Gets Top Civilian Award In UAE
Turkmenistan reveals statistics of its construction sector
India Contributes $500,000 To UN Trust Fund For Counter-Terrorism
Chabahar Port Likely To Be Ready By May As India Accelerates Work: Report
India crucial partner in fight against climate change: US Congressman
Number of countries buy products from Turkmen commodity and raw materials exchange
Google expanding in India to help users become digital cos: Google Cloud MD
President Ilham Aliyev attends opening of Military Trophy Park in Baku (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan increases potential for tomato exports to Russia
All news