Turkey’s war against ISIL, PKK: HDP says AK Party ‘setting country on fire’
Pro-Kurdish Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (HDP) has slammed recent operations targeting the outlawed Kurdistan Workersâ€™ Party (PKK) and its affiliates, accusing that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of planning to â€œset the country on fireâ€ to secure a landslide victory in a possible snap election.
â€œIt is a plan to set the country on fire for the government to secure a single-party government in a snap election by creating a militaristic ad nationalist climate while creating an impression like it is conducting a comprehensive fight with terrorism,â€ a statement from the HDP said on Saturday.
â€œMilitary assaults and bombings, political operations and pressure should be immediately stopped. We have no problem that cannot be solved through negotiation,â€ the statement continued.
Turkish jets struck camps belonging to the PKK in northern Iraq, the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013 on Friday night, in addition to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets inside Syria.
Turkish police meanwhile proceeds with a major operation against ISIL the PKK and the far-left DHKP-C for a second day. Close to 600 people were detained in raids in 22 provinces, Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu said on Saturday.
Tensions flared with Kurds after an ISIL suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of SuruÃ§ on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish groups held the Turkish government responsible, saying it had not been aggressive in battling the ISIL group.
On Wednesday, the PKK claimed responsibility for killing two Turkish police officers near the Kurdish majority city of ÅžanlÄ±urfa, near the Syrian border.
In other attacks, seven police officers were wounded after suspected PKK militants hurled a small bomb at a police station in Bismil, near the mainly Kurdish city of DiyarbakÄ±r. Another small bomb was thrown at officers in a police vehicle in Åžemdinli, near the border with Iraq. (Courtesy: Today’s Zaman)