2008: Over the weekend, and into today,
Turkish jets bombed several suspected PKK locations just across the border in
2008: Iraqi Kurds are claiming that Iran
has diverted a river that runs into Iraqi Kurdistan. The Iraqis are saying that
the Alon River has "dried up" in Iraq because of Iranian interference. Make no
mistake – water is a cause for war in the Middle East. Is a "water fight" a
likely cause of war between Iraq and Iran? There are a lot of other issues
between the two countries, and conceivably a conflict over water rights could
contribute to it. The Alon River is a tributary of the Diyala River. The Iraqis claim that Iran is digging two
diversion tunnels near the city of Juwanro. The region has also experienced a
2008: Three people were killed and five wounded when a bus struck a land mine
on a road in Batman province (southeastern Turkey).
2008: The Iraqi government declared that it did not support PKK violence against
Turkey. In fact, the statement specified that the Kurdish regional government
does not support PKK violence against Turkey – an even more explicit political
message. The statement said that the
Iraqi Kurdish government had no influence over the PKK but that solving the problem presented by the PKK
required a political solution. All in all, this statement is another in a long
string of statements where Iraq's central government and the Kurdish regional
government distance themselves from the PKK.
2008: Turkish media reported that two PKK members were killed in Syria when
they tried to kidnap a Syrian Kurd clan leader. The two PKK rebels were
allegedly part of Fehman Huseyin's PKK
2008: Turkey reported a series of major air raid on PKK positions in the
Khandil Mountain region of Iraq. The strikes began on May 3 and continued until
May 4. The Turks estimated 150 PKK rebels were killed in the attacks.
2008: A Turkish soldier and two PKK rebels died in a firefight in Bingol
province (southeastern Turkey). Turkish intelligence teams captured three PKK
fighters who were at a base camp inside northern Iraq. The Turkish military
rarely mentions "snatch"-type special forces operations; however, since the
Turkish incursion into Iraq earlier this year, that may have changed. Since
2007 the Iraqi government has signaled its willingness to let Turkey launch
strikes against the PKK, though it insists that it "be informed" about
2008: Four Turkish combat aircraft struck PKK positions in northern Iraq. The
Turkish aircraft hit a PKK force in the Hakurk area. The Turks believed that
the PKK force was attempting to sneak into Turkey. The PKK said the Turkish air
strikes did not cause any casualties.
2008: Syrian Kurds reportedly remain angry about the killing of three Syrian
Kurds by Syrian security forces on March 20. One groups is asking international
human rights groups to conduct an independent investigation of the incident,
which took place near Dawar al-Hilalaya (eastern Syria).