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Update of the Turkish incursion to southern Kurdistan

Slopi-Kurdistan (KurdishMedia.com) 23 February 2008: KurdishMedia.com clears some of the confusion surrounding the Turkish incursion of southern Kurdistan.
On Friday evening the Turkish military have entered southern Kurdistan’s territory some one or two kilometers. There is no PKK fighters around these areas. However, the PKK has sent some special forces to attack the Turkish army.
The Turkish army entered southern Kurdistan from a village near Slopi on the border region. They have not used the main crossing point at Xabur, which is closed now.
The Turkish military tired to cross via land avoiding the mountains, but the locals challenged them and forced them to retreat back to use the mountains.
The situation is extremely tense. The heavily armed Turkish army can be seen in the main Kurdish town of northern Kurdistan, including Sirnak, Slopi, Beyit al-Shabab and Nusaybin. They are military special units in snow white camouflage uniforms designed for warmth and protection down to very low temperature on snow fields. In the sky, helicopters and fighter planes are moving. Bombings are continuous, but the attacks are on the empty, high and snowy mountains. The helicopters transport some soldiers on the mountains and collect them in the evening.
The PKK claims that they have captured 16 members of the Turkish army and killed 20. The Turkish military claims that they killed 22 PKK fighters and admitted that they lost 5 military men. KurdishMedia.com could not verify these figures.
The Kurds on both sides of the border organised protests against the Turkish incursion. There are talks of further mobilisation of the people by civil organsiastions.
The locals are confused of the objective of the military. They boil it down to a physiological war against Kurds on both sides, north and south. Some observers believe that it is the US/Turkish pressure on the KRG to do further concessions to the Iraqi central government such as giving up the control over its oil resources, give up Article 140 regarding de-Arabisation of areas outside the Kurdish control and simply reduce down the strength of the KRG. Effectively, Turkey is doing the Iraqi central government’s war, a war of which Iraq is incapable.