Turkey Invades Iraq: Two Battalions Launch Ground Incursion In "Hot Pursuit" Of "Terrorists"

Tyler Durden's picture

On Monday we warned that the violence in Turkey stemming from Ankara’s politically-motivated, NATO-sponsored crackdown on the PKK is escalating rapidly as are efforts to censor the media and attack (verbally or otherwise) the pro-Kurdish HDP, whose strong showing at the ballot box in June triggered an absurdly transparent effort on the part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to undermine the country’s fragile democracy by using ISIS as a smokescreen to gain international support for the resumption of civil war with the Kurds.

As a reminder, Ankara is on the offensive after a series of attacks blamed on the PKK killed multiple Turkish soldiers over the weekend. Here’s what we said yesterday: Erdogan told the the press that the war on terror would now be waged “with much greater determination” and that means more violence and more crackdowns on the media and anyone deemed to be a PKK sympathizer. Sure enough, AKP supporters massed outside the headquarters of the Hurriyet newspaper on Sunday, accusing the paper of misquoting Erdogan and on Monday, HDP offices were attacked across the country. More from Zaman:

Dozens of buildings belonging to local branches of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) were attacked on Monday in several cities across Turkey, after the General Staff confirmed that 16 soldiers had been killed in an ambush by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Sunday.


In Ni?de a group of nearly 500 protesters, who gathered in Cumhuriyet Square, attacked the HDP's Ni?de branch building with stones. Some of those involved climbed up to the window of the HDP office and broke the signboard of the party, after police failed to disperse the group.


Similar attacks were staged in the provinces of Antalya, Mersin, Sakarya and Kayseri and the districts of Manavgat and Çorlu, with protesters stoning the party's local headquarters and hanging Turkish flags on the buildings.


The windows of the HDP's Eski?ehir branch were broken in a separate attack.


In Çorlu, protesters also attempted to lynch the HDP's Tekirda? provincial co-chair, ?ehnaz Kaya.


Private television station IMC claimed that a total of 126 of the HDP's provincial and district branches buildings were attacked on Monday.

On Tuesday, things got worse - much worse. After more than a dozen Turkish policemen were killed in yet another roadside bombing, Ankara sent ground troops into Iraq in pursuit of those the Erdogan regime says are responsible. Here’s The New York Times with more:

Turkish ground troops entered northern Iraq on Tuesday as part of a short-term operation to capture Kurdish rebels who had crossed the border after an attack that killed 16 soldiers, a government official in Turkey said.


The military had crossed the Iraqi border in pursuit of militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., who had been involved in recent attacks against Turkish security forces, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.


The size of the operation was not immediately clear, but the Dogan news agency, citing military sources, said two battalions had entered northern Iraq.


The incursion comes after 14 Turkish police officers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Turkey on Tuesday, a day afterTurkish warplanes struck Kurdish insurgent targets in northern Iraq and killed dozens of rebels.


A police vehicle escorting customs official to the border with Armenia in Igdir Province was the target of attackers believed to be rebels from the insurgent group, the semiofficial Anadolu Agency reported. Several other police officers were wounded in the assault.

And more from AFP:

Fourteen Turkish police were killed Tuesday in a new attack by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants as violence in the east of the country threatened to spiral out of control.


"Turkish security forces crossed the Iraqi border as part of the hot pursuit of PKK terrorists who were involved in the most recent attacks," a Turkish government source told AFP.


"This is a short-term measure intended to prevent the terrorists' escape," added the official, without specifying the timing of the incursion.


The 14 police were killed in the eastern region of Igdir in a bomb attack by militants on a minibus taking them to the Dilucu border post with neighbouring Azerbaijan, Anatolia reported.


A PKK spokesman in northern Iraq confirmed to AFP that the PKK had carried out the attack.



Note that this isn't without precedent. In early 2008, Turkish soldiers entered Iraq in a similar effort to eradicate the PKK. "Operation Sun", as the incursion was called, was conducted with Washington's blessing for the most part. "Washington described the PKK as a 'common enemy', and only urged Ankara to keep its incursion short and closely focused," BBC noted at the time, adding that "the positions of the UN and EU have been similar, suggesting a degree of sympathy with Turkey's cause."

And then there was "Operation Steel" in 1995. And "Operation Hammer" in 1997." And "Operation Dawn." And the aplty named "Operation Northern Iraq." 

You get the idea. 

So while history doesn't repeat itself, it damn sure rhymes and here we are again watching as the Turkish military crosses the Iraqi border as though it's not even there (which the US does routinely) chasing "terrorists" up into the mountains.

Of course Turkish soldiers aren't the only ones fighting Kurds in Iraq. So is ISIS. And that means that just like in Syria, Turkey (with Washington's implicit ok) is at best distracting from and at worst impeding the battle against Islamic State, the same Islamic State which is being used by Ankara as a cover for the PKK crackdown. Of course as Erdogan will patiently explain, he's only after the "bad" Kurds which we suppose means no US-backed Peshmerga will be harmed in the making of the latest Turkish invasion of Northern Iraq.

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JustObserving's picture

Turkey is well on its way to being a failed state.

Karmic payback for its undeclared war on Syria which has caused 250,000 deaths and more than 4 million refugees

Turks will be the new refugees flooding Germany

Bearwagon's picture

Well, come november, there'll be elections to be held in turkey ....

TSA Thug's picture

We must start to ready ourselves here in the homeland. Well armed is the best way to go forth.

Here's an idea for you:

Effective January 11 2013 the ATF is handling North Carolina transfers as follows:

Machine Gun transfers from a dealer to a dealer on a Form 3 no longer require a North Carolina Sheriff permission letter to possess the Machine Gun (MG)

From a Dealer to a Gun Trust using a Form 4.
If the Form 4 states that the MG is being “acquired for scientific research and/or experimentation” or “in accordance with 14-409”, then you will still need North Carolina Sheriff permission letter to possess Machine Gun.

But, If the reason on your Form 4 states a reason OTHER than “in accordance with 14-409” or “for scientific and/or experimental use” then the North Carolina Machine Gun Letter or permission from the Sheriff is not required.

This means you should not state “in accordance with 14-409” or “for scientific and/or experimental use” on a Machine Gun transfer in the state of North Carolina
All other NFA transfers on a Form 4 – no longer require the reason to state “In accordance with 14-288.8” to approve the transfer.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Have you forgotten about the CNC,…  I mean 3D printed guns without serial numbers?  Those have been cranking out for over a year now. 


Teach a man to print.... 

knukles's picture

The enemy of my enemy, whoever that is at the moment, is my friend and apparent enemy who might not be my enemy and perhaps my friend's friend when his enemy becomes my enemy until his enemy's friend's brother's enemy marries my daughter and becomes my son-in-law and friends of the family* until he becomes my enemy or friend again.

* That's when the little pecker head asked to get included on my phone bill under the Friend's of my Enemy's Family Program.  Asshole.

Broken_Trades's picture

Tyler you missed 2011 - 


Then this also happened in 2011:


"Turkey denies claims that it was coordinating military operations with Iran out of concerns that this would jeopardize its membership in the NATO alliance. "


Fox News 2011:


"The Turkish troops had penetrated three miles (five kilometers) into Iraqi territory, Haber Turk said, while military helicopters were ferrying elite troops in and out of other areas for "spot operations" against PKK rebels."

FYI - Flying to Kurdistan via Istanbul, you don't say you're going to Kurdistan lest you wish to be corrected.  You are flying to the Iraq.



giovanni_f's picture

So, Erdogan, you wanna chase terrorists? Well, go to Texas, look for Bush and take'em out.

TSA Thug's picture

No experience with a machine gun huh? They produce enough heat to cook a steak.

stopthejunk1's picture

What we really need is lasers anyway, not traditional firearms.  Lasers don't run out of ammo, you just need an energy source, and energy is more widely available (and easier to create) than ammo.

If the preppers and anarchists knew what was good for them, they'd be begging to put off their global "pull the world down" coup until better technology became available, especially weapons technology.  They don't stand a chance in a conventional setting.

I get the feeling that Mad Max has caused too many people to have a completely unrealistic sense of their survival chances.  Either that or the mean readership age on ZH is about 14.

Barnaby's picture

Unless you've got a peltier and a way of shedding that heat effectively, you're a perfect target for heat-seeking missiles. Heck, even FLIR from 1972 could find you.

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

Only if you are completely isolated from any other heat source in the area.  Not bloody likely in a true tactical environment.  Your putative missile has to be smart enough to only look for "bad guy" heat sources.  Do the words "Danger Close" mean anything to you?

Moe Howard's picture

We need Litium Ion battery guns. Not nail guns, but guns that shoot projectiles. So we can use our Black & Decker batteries from the weed eater with it.

worbsid's picture

"When the BAR speaks, everyone listens."  Old Army saying.  

A Nanny Moose's picture

Uncle Yellen and Ben Dover abide.

Abitdodgie's picture

For $200 dollars you can get and make a complete full auto lower AR15 (M16) from a 80% complete forging and then the bolt adapter s $25 and then the barrel and stock of your choosing, so it ends up select fire and no numbers , so at this stage in the game who cares about licences.

The Indelicate Genius's picture
The Indelicate Genius (not verified) TSA Thug Sep 8, 2015 12:01 PM

guns, eh?

Time better spent would be figuring out where police and nat guard weapons and other gear are at and figuring out how to secure or neutralize those supplies ab initio.

Or, do the smart thing realize that America is already gone and find someplace nice and quiet to hide.

Otherwise, if you don't know what to do with helicoters, drones, and APCs - worrying about getting guns is rearranging deck chairs, son.

TSA Thug's picture


7.62 chambered, 4400 round mag, 9x improved accuracy.



83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Wait til the SHTF and just shoot someone with an auto and take it.

inevitablecollapse's picture

at this rate, none of us are going to make it to November - my advice to you is to start drinking heavily

Winston Churchill's picture

Won't work,I've tried to drink myself to death.Too slow.

But being drunk in the coming shitstorm will kill you and yours, if there is the

chance of survival..

Barnaby's picture

I think I speak for a number of commentors when I say some people shoot better when they're high. I've smelled enough ethanol clouds emanating from steady hands on the range, as well as experienced near-superhuman pain tolerance from heavy drinkers. Not my choice for a fireteam, but pretty great in a stand-off.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

What do you think the 'magic potion' in the Asterix series was?

cowdiddly's picture

I dont recommend shooting guns while drinking. But I highly recommend being drunk when shot with one.

knukles's picture

I got rid of all my firearms over a decade ago when I was discharging them while drunk, hiding them loaded around the house when I was loaded and couldn't find them (or even remember hiding them until I went looking for them again next time was loaded) with the little rug rats crawling about into everything.
And no, my noble drunken ass at the time was not worried about the kids, I was worried they'd shoot me.
Perfect alcoholic thinking.
Nice pony.

Barnaby's picture

Ankle slugs are the worst. They train cops to skip them off the pavement and take you out when hiding behind a car. I can imagine a toddler is a fucking evil shot!

q99x2's picture

Humans over the age of 21 should not be allowed to drink.

knukles's picture

An upper for the Oscar Acosta reference from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Paveway IV's picture


Kurdish PKK blew up some Turk truck with an IED. Turks pissed and chase PKK back into Iraq. [yawn...] The U.S. should be on the PKK's side, but Erdogan paid off enough congressmen to get the PKK declared terrorists. The Kurds will never forget the traitorous backstabbers and sellouts in the U.S. congress (and neither will I).

Published on Sep 7, 2015

Kurdish PKK Fighters obliterate a Turkish army vehicle from a distance. This operation was carried out by the HPG on August 19 in the Serwan district in the Siirt province in South-Eastern Turkey (North-Kurdistan). 


The HPG (People's Defence Forces) is the armed wing of the revolutionary Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party) movement. The PKK has increased its operations in by Turkey occupied North-Kurdistan after the Turkish state violated the cease-fire agreement. The Turkish state has been aiding ISIS (Islamic State) for the past several years and with that directly contributed to the massacre of thousands of civilians, most of whom were Yezidi Kurds. The PKK has been fighting against Turkish oppression of the Kurds and other ethnic and religious minorities for the past 30 years. Tens of thousands of Kurdish civilians were killed by the Turkish army during this armed rebellion. Many countries, including Russia and China, refuse to list the PKK as a terrorist organisation. The only countries that have listed this revolutionary Kurdish movement as such are close allies of Turkey, or NATO members. Members of the European Parliament have questioned the listing of the PKK as a terrorist organisation since no proper justification or prove was given for its listing. The PKK was only listed because of Turkey's extensive lobbying. The YPG, which is the Syrian branch of the PKK, has been crucial in the fight against the Islamic State. Over 100,000 Yezidi and Christian civilians were saved by the YPG and the PKK, while the Turkish regime was aiding ISIS.

Son of Loki's picture

Turkey's pres is on a path of self-destruction of a once prosperous, secular state. I listened to him talk on TV a few months ago and he honestly is crazy. First stage is terrific Blowback from thier sticking their noses where they don't belong; second stage is civil war a la Libya, Iraq, Syria, etc.; and third stage will be hundreds of thousands fleeing up to the Christian EU countries like Grmany and Sweden.


News says so far it's the greatest migration of refugees since WWI.

SofaPapa's picture

And this is just the warmup.  It only gets crazier from here...

Paveway IV's picture

The above attack was an earlier one couple of weeks ago. The current PKK attack seems to have been this one:

At least 14 policemen killed in PKK attack in eastern Turkey

which drew a response from Turkey that included 160 SF guys and this:

When the militants fled to northern Iraq, the special forces units also crossed over the border thanks to a mandate from the Turkish Armed Forces to take military action in Iraq and Syria that was renewed for another year on Sept. 3. 


The soldiers stayed inside northern Iraq for a couple of hours, despite bad weather conditions, determined the coordinates of the PKK militants and also made necessary marks for an air campaign. 


A total of 53 Turkish fighter jets launched an air campaign in northern Iraq for six hours after the units exited the country. 


The air operation, which featured 35 F-16 jets and 18 F-4 2020s, started at 11 p.m. on Sept. 7 and lasted until 5 a.m. on Sept. 8.


Around 20 militants were killed with laser-guided bombs in places where the special forces units had marked them. 

Seems kind of extreme, considering Turkey openly lets ISIS run supply truck convoys back and forth across it's borders. I guess some terrorists are more equal than others. Here's the spiel from Hurriyet Daily News (Turk):

Turkish jets, troops target militants in Iraq

Freddie's picture

It is a shame that the PPK does not have some MANPADs lik ethe old blowpipe or Iranian Misagh 2.

Paveway IV's picture

...doesn't have them yet.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Fuck Erdogan and Davotoglu. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

It is truly breathtaking, how the ham fisted, capricious, wreckless policies pursued by Turkey, the West, and the simian bronze age mongoloids in the gulf state are blowing up in their face. It's funny how the media is virtually silent about the unrest in Turkey, as well as the fact that the gulf states are getting their tanks and helicopters blown up at a break neck pace in yemen where they are busy killing cilivians.

Meanwhile the supposed Saudi conspiracy to crash oil prices has seen a wave of horror pass over the economic outlook of a feifdom full of useless princes, a massive welfare obligation to stave off revolution, and an couple of ethiopian slaves in every palace.

Meanwhile yet, the overt support for Islamists with the aim to destroy Syria has met with, thus far, disaster. Russia is showing more support than they ever have, despite us reading many reports ( some here ) about their apparent readiness to walk away from "Assad." Russia perhaps has played it as good as they could have. Despite the reports, the SAA has the upper hand. Rebel.. "rebel" morale could not be lower. Billions have been wasted by the gulf states and the West. Now Russia can come in and formall shut the shit down, all with political "anti isis" cover.


Speaking to the refugee crisis.. A couple of thoughts:


1) any crisis IS the fault of the West, wear it well.. BUT...

2) Why now? Why years later, all of a sudden, are thousands of apparently, healthy, able bodied YOUNG MEN storming the borders, rather than there having been a trickle of malnourished families steadily streaming in?


There exists a conspiracy whereby a set of policymakers across the west who have dual citizenship to the most racist country in the world want to force a multicultural destruction of the West making us a mass of mulatto button pushers with no past - smart enough to push the button, but too dumb to ask why. Far fetched hey?

Moe Howard's picture

The UN cut off the food aid. They claim they have no more funds.

BitchezGonnaBitch's picture

Turks will be the new refugees flooding Germany


That's, like, already happened. German Turks is a real thing. 

Jack Burton's picture

Good observation JustObserving! If Turkey begins to fail as a secular or semi secular state, then all hell breaks loose right on Europes borders.

Also, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, all the anti Russian EU group, has refused to accept quotas of Migrants orderd by Merkel!  This leaves Germany with a huge problem, their client states in confrontation with Russia are now in open defiance of EU rules and EU membership. They wave EU flags as an anti Russia symbol, yet refuse to be European. Very funny.

Temporalist's picture

It's a good thing nothing else bad happened in 2008.

Soul Glow's picture

The CIA is ISIS....

The Indelicate Genius's picture
The Indelicate Genius (not verified) Soul Glow Sep 8, 2015 11:53 AM

The Israelis are also very deeply involved.

You left that out.

And I have a funny feeling they don't always tell Washington what they do.

Israel wants Syria destroyed and Arabs killed. Period.

and it basically controls the US, and has heavy influence through Jewish Lobbies all over the West.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Israel aka the State of Rothschild...

Intelligence agencies, banks and drug smuggling are intimately linked.  Call it vertical integration, if you will.

Blackfox's picture

The Jerusalm post admits that Israel is helping heal Al Qaida in it's hospitals and once they get well they send them back to Syria.


Bay of Pigs's picture

Another ticking time bomb. Makes you wonder how long the region can go on like this before full scale war begins?

BurningFuld's picture

So Turkey attacks the Kurds who were kicking the shit out of ISIS? I think people just like shooting each other over there. It's going to be a free for all of epic proportions...because everyone is entitled to the OIL right?

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Oh, it will go on for hundreds of years.