Kurdish War: Warfare By Other Means


March 31,2008: Turkey has sharpened its anti-PKK political offensive, to include increased "information focus" on the sources of PKK finances. Fundraising by Kurdish "front organizations" in Europe is a major source of PKK cash; the Turkish government has been pressing central and western European countries to shutdown the "fronts" operating in their territory. Turkey has especially put pressure on its NATO allies. The other big source of PKK money is the drug business. Yes, the PKK is involved in drug smuggling. This is old news but the kind of news that often gets little media coverage. Turkey has started pointing out that the PKK began smuggling opium in 1982, moving some of its "product" through PKK-controlled camps in Lebanon. The PKK has also provided a "connection to Europe" for the Afghanistan-Iran and Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran opium and heroin trade routes.

March 29, 2008: Turkish troops and PKK guerrillas engaged in a series of small-scale firefights in Sirnak province, near the Iraq border.

March 27, 2008: Turkish troops killed 15 PKK rebels in northern Iraq as they were attempting to enter Turkey. Apparently artillery was used, as well as aircraft.

March 20, 2008: Turkish aircraft bombed several PKK targets (Haftanin, Kanemase, Amadiyah and Nerve-Rekan) in northern Iraq..

March 18, 2008: Following the completion of Operation Sun, the Turkish "limited incursion" into northern Iraq, the Turkish government has launched a "domestic political offensive" inside Turkey. The political offensive really began several years when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party decided to go after the votes of Turkish Kurds. The AKP promised, among other things, infrastructure improvements (roads, electrical grid, etc) in southeastern Turkey. In the July 2007 election, the AKP received a lot of political support from Kurds, though the issue of Kurdish language rights and cultural expression rights remained contentious. On March 12 the Turkish government announced a new $12 billion investment program in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish areas. The biggest news is the government's decision to allow the creation of a state-run television service that will primarily broadcast in Kurdish. Turkish Kurds have wanted one for, well, decades. The new channel will also include Arabic and Farsi (Persian) language programming.


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