The paramilitary arm of the Kurdish Workers’ Party responded to the growing tension with Iraq, Iran, and Turkey today. A roadside bomb went off next to an army barracks in Southern Turkey, just at the border between Turkey and Iran. Reports are coming in from Turkey that so far 4 soldiers have died and 5 are wounded.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by both the EU and US. They have restarted attacks on Turkish military since November of 2015.
Meanwhile, the Kurdish Peshmerga, the paramilitary organization that had a great part in winning the war against ISIS, has been silent for a few days now. Last week the Kurdish population, which is spread out over Iran, Iraq, and Turkey overwhelmingly voted for independence.
Historically Kurdistan would occupy the region in Syria their militia is now holding together with border regions in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. There are about 30 million Kurds living in those countries.
The three Muslim countries have vowed never to let an independent Kurdistan happen but the political situation of the moment could not be worse for them.
Kurdish forces seem very organized and have just won a major battle against ISIS and of course Israel would like to see nothing more than a new nation being born in the midst of three major countries in the region, thus cropping their power.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This past week, Kurds in Iraqi Kurdistan voted in favor of forming their own state. <a href="https://t.co/I4DiinILH9">pic.twitter.com/I4DiinILH9</a></p>— AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/914533130693885952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 1, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The timing of the bombing is very well chosen, as today Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is scheduled to fly to Tehran for talks with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, as well the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The historic rivals for once seem united in seeking to reverse the referendum on Kurdish independence in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Yesterday already, Iran and Iraq both send military forces to the supposed Kurdish zones in their respective territories.