Real.Gr, February 13, 2016
Translated from Greek by Tom Winter, February 29, 2016
Davutoglu threatens Syrian Kurds with military strikes*
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today threatened to take military action in Syria against the Kurds of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.
“If necessary, we can if we can take the same measures in Syria as we took in Iraq and Qandil,” Davutoglu said in his speech in Erzincan (eastern Turkey) which was broadcast on television. He referred to the bombing that Turkey unleashed in 2015 against Kurdistan in Iraq in their PKK bases in the Qandil mountains.
“We expect our friends and our allies to support us,” added the Turkish prime minister.
Translator note: This threat was followed by the bombing in Ankara February 17. Then on the 19th, Syria blamed the PYD for the bombing, which the PYD denied. Turkey has been shelling the Kurds in northern Syria since, including on the 28th, the start of the ceasefire. At least they haven’t invaded as in Iraq — but of course, they have proxies for that…
I allow myself a question: Did Davotoglu know that it would be “necessary”?
*For latest update, see Turkish shelling.