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As Turks go to the
polls tomorrow, Turkish tyrant Erdogan is hoping that the failure of his AKP
party to obtain a majority in the parliamentary elections earlier this year
will be remedied. 

There have been wave
of bombings, including the recent one in Ankara that killed over 100 people,
the war against the Kurds and the PKK and a crackdown on the media.

The big question will
be whether the pro-Kurdish HDP party, which includes feminists and gays, will
surmount the 10% hurdle for a second time.

Tony Greenstein

Erdoğan says Turkey may hit US-backed Syrian Kurds to block advance

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks to the media during a news conference in Ankara on Oct. 13. (Photo: AP)
October 29, 2015, Thursday/

will “do what is necessary” to prevent US-allied Syrian Kurds from
declaring autonomy in the town of
Tel Abyad near the Turkish border, which includes conducting
further military operations, President
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday.
PKK pick up truck
member Turkey is part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
militants in Syria, but it sees advances by autonomy-seeking Kurds, led by the
Democratic Union Party (PYD),
as a threat to its own national security, fearing they could stoke separatism
among Turkish Kurds.
jets recently hit the Syrian Kurds’ armed People’s Protection Units (YPG)
targets twice after they defied Ankara and crossed west of the Euphrates River.
was a warning. ‘Pull yourself together. If you try to do this elsewhere —
Turkey doesn’t need permission from anyone — we will do what is
Erdoğan said, signaling that he could defy Washington’s
demand that Ankara avoid hitting Syrian Kurds and focus his military might on
ISIL targets.
in remarks broadcast live on the Kanal 24 television station, also accused the
PYD of carrying out “ethnic cleansing” in the area and said that
Western support for the Syrian Kurdish militias amounted to aiding terrorism.
by US-led air strikes, YPG fighters captured Tel Abyad in June from ISIL and
this month a local leadership council declared the town part of the system of
autonomous self-governing “cantons” run by the Kurds.
PYD is committing ethnic cleansing here [of] Arabs and Turkmens,”
said. “If the Kurds withdraw and don’t form a canton, there’s no problem.
But if the mindset continues, then what is necessary will be done or we will
face serious problems.

are determined to [combat] anything that threatens us along the Syrian border,
inside or out.”
does not want to see an autonomous Kurdish entity resembling Iraqi Kurdistan
emerging on its southern flank, said Erdoğan, speaking days before a Turkish
parliamentary election that has aggravated political and security tensions.
Western allies are now arming the Kurds, he added.
Demonstration two weeks after bomb in Ankara
don’t even accept the PYD as a terrorist organization. What kind of nonsense is
he said. “The West still has the mentality that ‘My terrorist is
good, yours is bad.'”

Turkey, the armed forces have resumed their 30-year fight with the Kurdistan
Workers’ Party (PKK),
which has close links with their ethnic brethren across the border in Syria.
said 1,400 PKK militants were fighting alongside the YPG in Syria.
US and Europe, like Turkey, classify the PKK as a terrorist organization but
regard the Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish groupings as valuable allies in the fight
against ISIL and other jihadists.

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