Turkish invasion forces launched a ground offensive against the PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday, June 17 at dawn.
Commandos entered Iraqi territory, supported by artillery, F16 fighter-bombers, attack helicopters and drones. The offensive began in the Haftanin region, some 15 km from the Turkish border. Before sending its ground forces to the other side of its border, Turkey had bombed in recent days the PKK positions in the mountains of Qandil, a historic bastion of Kurdish resistance, not far from the border with Iran.
Bombers have also struck other PKK bases in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq in Sinjar, Karacak, Zap, Avasin and Hakurk. In the border town of Silopi, between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkish Kurdistan, several thousand Turkish soldiers were massed. The requisition by the Turkish army of part of a border hospital leaves no doubt that the Turkish army is preparing for heavy fighting. Turkey is already well represented in Iraqi Kurdistan, where it has around fifteen military bases.
This latest offensive is part of the fascist Turkish state’s attempt to crush the revolutionary Kurdish resistance movement. However, guerrillas remain active and continue to attack fascist targets.