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Turkish Jets Target Kurdish Rebels Near Iraq

Breaking News: Turkish Fighter Jets (F – 4’s and F – 16’s) have bombed the Kurdish rebels near the Iraqi border. The air strikes were said to be a response to the PKK gunfire in the military outpost.

It has been said that the Kurds were furious at the Turkish government due to their apathetic attitude of the IS’ attacks on the Turkish border and towns within Syria.

Several fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party were known to aid the Kudish YPG military in Kobane. Turkey has refused to help the Syria military forces with any aid or allow the Kurdish fighters to enter Syria.

“Today there were air strikes throughout the day, which is a first. And sometimes we saw one plane carrying out two strikes, dropping two bombs at a time,” said Abdulrahman Gok, a journalist with a local Kurdish paper.

Most recently, two commandeers of the PKK were arrested by the Turkish troops when they arrived for medical treatment in a hospital in the south – eastern region of Turkey.

In addition to these commandeers, more than 260 YPG military men were arrested when they crossed into the Turkey border last week. Out of those 260, 60 were allowed to go back according to Turkish media.

On last Tuesday, French President has appealed to the Ankara government to open the border as the US led air strikes continue in both Iraq and Syria.

The airstrikes on the Kurdish rebels were reported to cause heavy causalities. The air strikes were followed by an assault on the military outpost of Turkish government led troops by PKK fighters.

It is to be noted that last week, the Kurdish protests have claimed at least 31 lives as Kurds expressed their anger on Turkey’s apathetic nature on the capture of Kobane and the loss of lives in Iraq and Syria.

The city of Kobane has had a strong media presence within the recent few weeks. At this point, the US led coalition forces have led 21 air strikes over the past two days to destroy the stronghold of the IS militants within this town.

Notably, Turkey has been reluctant to aid the US led coalition attack from the beginning and have refused to join them. However, yesterday, in a surprise move, the Turkish government denied the access of its air bases to the US led coalition forces against the IS jihadist.

According to the Turkish government, it was an attempt to remove the possibility of Syrian and Turkish Kurd fighters fighting against the IS jihadists for a foundation of an independent Islamic state.

Iraq’s Army Back on Track on Its Fight Against ISIS

According to the Turkish President, air strikes may not be enough to drive away the IS jihadis, yet in parts of Iraq and Syria, the battle against IS jihadis is producing the desired result.

In a recent interview on television last Tuesday, Turkish President Erdogan was found saying, “I am telling the West, that dropping bombs from the air will not provide a solution.”

Iraqi ArmyThe army is being equipped with weapons to suit the demands of the situation, and plans are in work to create a strong National Guard, which will strengthen Iraq’s defenses against the IS.

Although the town of Kobane is still in the clutches of IS jihadis, the Iraqi army is confident that they will be able to take back the town from the militants. However, according to the US military, there are thin chances of bringing back Kobane.

“We don’t have a willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria right now,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said on Wednesday.

However, according to Kurdish officials, effective airstrikes against IS militants on target can bring back the control of Kobane and surrounding areas. Aysa Abdullah, a co – leader of Kurdish Democratic Union Party mentioned that they were ready to work with the US led coalition force to bring back the control of Kobane.

“We have provided coalition forces with the coordinates of IS targets on the ground and are willing to continue providing any help they will request,” she said.

On the other hand, Meysa Abdo, a female Kurdish commander stated, “If the coalition is serious about degrading IS, then Kobane is where they should target them because they have an effective partner on the ground which has successfully fought back against IS alone.” However, she also went on to say that the remaining civilians were at risk of being hurt by the attacks of US led coalition force.

Adding to this, a guerrilla commander who was in charge of leading troops against IS jihadis told stated they applied various tactics including, but not restricted to infiltrating the enemy camp and fighting with light weapons. “We are better experienced than IS, but you need to have heavy weapons in order to defend a city.” he said.

In the meantime, the Turkish President has been trying to find a plausible excuse for the inactivity of Turkey in the war. “For us, the PKK and Isil are the same,” said President Erdogan this week. “It is wrong to consider them as different from each other.”

Turkish President Speaks About Justice in Syria and Iraq

Turkish President ErdoganTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed last Friday that the violence in the two neighboring lands of Turkey has caused a “highly sensitive” and unrest situation within the region.

In a conference held in the Black Sea coast of Turkey, Erdogan said, “Turkey has not taken sides in the conflicts surrounding the country and is neither against any sect or ethnicity, nor with them. Our side is always that of peace and dialogue.”

He also went on to say that in the context of this situation, Turkey has taken precaution against the outlawed terrorist organization and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, as they are a threat to the state.

According to reports, last Thursday, six people were killed in Bingol, which included two police officers. Erdogan sent condolence messages to the families of the victims. “Our security forces killed some terrorists and police operations continue to arrest the others responsible,” he said.

Erdogan also expressed his outrage at the increase in death toll due to pro – Kurdish protest in and around Turkey. Since the protestors accused the government of inaction against IS jihadis in Iraq, Erdogan mentioned that they were responsible of causing unrest in Turkey. Its important to notw though that the protests occurred after the IS militants tried occupying the town.

The Turkish government has been criticized by several individuals over their apathetic attitude to the IS militants and the civil war being faced by its neighborhood.

In a recent UN conference, he had cited the death of more than 200,000 Syrian citizens and also asked about the purpose of the United Nations if the body does not act in moments of crisis.

“The global conscience is aware that those ruthlessly criticizing some countries for lack of freedom of press ignore the 16 journalists who were killed in Palestine and the pressure on the media members,” Erdogan said.

Joe Biden has apologized to the Turkish president for his recent comments about him, which very well may be the result of Erdogan’s comment: “I have never said to (Biden) that we had made a mistake, never. If he did say this…, then he has to apologize to us.” “Foreign fighters have never entered Syria from our country. They may come to our country as tourists and cross into Syria, but no one can say that they cross in with their arms.”

The Turkish President has laid claims that Turkey has prevented 6,000 suspected militants from entering the country and 1,000 jihadis from leaving.

MPs Debate The Combat Role of UK In Iraq

In a recent happening, the Conservatives offered additional aid for the battle against IS militants on Monday. Foreign Affairs Minister of the UK, John Baird, has pledged to provide a support of $10 million for treatment and services to Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been victims of the war. Moreover, Baird also made an announcement regarding the joint UK Canada mission for assessment of Iraqi victims and what can be done to provide them solace in the present times.

The NDP leader, Tom Mulcair on the other hand has taken active steps to the Iraqi motion of the government. The biggest amendment in the NDP is to block the Canadian troops from attacking any part of Iraq. In addition, it has also prevented the transportation of weapons for three months but requires permission from the House before extending the mission.

Although, the Conservatives argued that it was impossible to curtail the IS militants without attacking the members, the NDP argued for humanitarian aid and the Liberals argued on the absence of a detailed plan as to what will happen and what still needs to be done.

According to latest reports, Baird has been calling upon the Members of the Parliament to treat the issues seriously, but also made some remarks about the standings of the Liberal Party.

“My Canada protects the vulnerable. It challenges the aggressor. My Canada doesn’t leave all the heavy lifting to others,” Baird said. “There was a time when the Liberal Party believed in that.”

On the other hand Marc Garneu, foreign Affairs critic, has said that there is not much room for Canadian forces to join the combat mission against IS in Iraq. “The prime minister is taking us across the Rubicon by deciding on a combat mission,” Garneau said. “Once a country makes that decision, there is no turning back the clock…. It is no simple matter to cross back over, and we all know this conflict is likely to last a long time.​”

According to multiple sources, up until last Friday the contributions of the Canadian forces included six CF 18 jets, two Aurora Surveillance planes and one heavy lift plane. The Canadian troop will contain 600 personnel, and the mission will continue over Iraq, unless the Canadian troops have access to Syrian grounds to bomb IS territory.  However, the Canadian deployment will be limited to a period of six months only.

Air Strikes Against ISIS Useless, The Terror Continues

According to latest reports, the ISIS militants have moved more than a mile in the centre of the City of Kobane, without being deterred by the constant air strikes made by the Coalition force.

The war between the IS militants and the Syrian army continued despite another coalition air strike in the Kobane enclave according to Idris Nassan, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Kobane.

“There are fierce clashes between Isis and YPG [People’s Defence Corps] fighters, at the moment mainly to the south-east of the city. Isis now stands at two kilometers from the city centre,” told Nassan, “I can hear the bombs and shells here.”

“Air strikes alone are really not enough to defeat Isis in Kobane,” according to Nassan. “They are besieging the city on three sides, and fighter jets simply cannot hit each and every Isis fighter on the ground.”

He also added that ISIS militants are habituated with their tactics from the air strikes on them. He went on to say, “Each time a jet approaches they leave their open positions, scatter, and hide. What we really need is ground support. We need heavy weapons and ammunition in order to fend them off and defeat them.”

On the other hand, the co – chairman of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Saleh Muslim, went to Ankhara this Friday to discuss Turkish support and assistance in defending Kobane against IS militants. According to reports, the security officials present in Ankhara have urged the Muslims to join the ranks of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to battle the IS militants in Kobane and to take an open stance against the open regime of Bashar Al Assad. On Sunday, the representatives of the Kurdish group  arrived at the borders of Turkey to form an allegiance by showing their support.

According to Nassan, help from the international community is being sought to defend Kobane from the rebels. He went on to say, “Mr Muslim’s trip to Ankara is part of that call. Since Turkey agreed to join the international coalition to fight Isis, we ask them to help us, too.”

Although the exact result of the meeting is still unknown, the Muslims have asked Ankara to allow the Syrian Kurdish associates to receive arms and support from outside Syria. The main problem here is the fact that if IS militants capture Kobane, they will be on the borders of Turkey which will be a major concern for Turkey as well.

British Jets Hit Their Targets In Iraq

isis missleAfter several failed attempts to hit the IS base in Iraq, British Tornados have finally managed to hit the weapons position manned by IS forces in a coalition mission led by US.

Two British Tornado jets took off from Cyprus to support the Iraqi government forces situated in the west of Baghdad and fired four missiles named Brimstone in a “precise attack” against two IS vehicles. Further strikes were also carried out on Wednesday. On Tuesday, September 30, the two British Tornados first carried out their strikes after the approval of military action by the House of Commons against Iraq. There were 22 attacks against ISIS militants in total – 11 in Iraq and 11 in Syria.

Although the Ministry of Defense has considered both strikes as successful, no figures have been revealed by the government as to number of ISIS supporters who have died in the attack. According to the Ministry of Defense, the strike on September 30 dropped a pave way IV guided bomb and a Brimstone missile to hit a heavy weapon position which was being manned by IS supporters and an armed pickup truck.

According to a spokesperson from the UK Ministry of Defense, “Following yesterday’s strikes on the ISIS terrorist organization, Royal Air Force aircrafts have seen further action overnight. Two Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, conducted an armed reconnaissance mission in support of Iraqi government forces west of Baghdad.”

The UK Tornados have been flying in Iraq on reconnaissance missions since mid August. However, their first air strikes paves way for Britain’s entry in the conflict against the IS militants, thereby joining the US, Arab and the European nations who have been targeting ISIS near Syria.

Bashar al – AssadPreviously, the US attacks on ISIS militants have been done without explicit permission from the President Bashar al – Assad, which has caused certain problems between the coalition force and the Syrian air defenses during Libyan operations in 2011.

It is to be noted that the House of Commons did not approve the UK operations in Syria previously, although the government has indicated that this position might be reviewed. According to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, “When we do release our weapons we have to be absolutely sure that they are against Isil targets, that they are not going to kill innocent Sunni Muslim civilians in areas that are occupied by Isil. Otherwise we are having the opposite of the effect we are intending to have”. He further said that the UK forces will not pressured to carry out air strikes in Iraq against the IS militants.