ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The PKK expects there will be major conflict with Turkey very soon, with a senior leader warning of a “hot summer” ahead. "Of course, we are in a state of war against the Turkish army. The escalation is in the upcoming days. We can say we are...
PKK threatens “hot Summer” in Turkey
As Turkish troops continue advancing towards the Qandil mountains, where the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) headquarters are located, the PKK have promised an escalation of its campaign of violence inside Turkey, Iraqi Kurdish news outlet Rudaw said.
“Of course, we are in a state of war against the Turkish army. The escalation is in the upcoming days. We can say we are expecting a hot summer with Turkey,” spokesman Bahoz Erdal was quoted as saying.
Erdal said that the PKK had provided the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria with weapons while it was fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS), but said that the YPG was not a part of the PKK.
“We aided the People’s Protection Units in Syria clearly and intensely during the Daesh [ISIS] attacks. We provided them with ammunition and military advice to develop their methods of protecting their areas,” he said.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Işık, meanwhile, said that “Turkey has moved from defense to offense in the fight against terrorism” in its attempts to wipe out the PKK.