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    Besieged Kurdish Towns Under Heavy Bombardment by Turkish Army

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    Kurdish neighborhoods in Silopi and Diyarbakir are under attack from Turkish military forces. Heavy tank bombardment in civilian areas is being reported.

    On the 20th day of a curfew, several Silopi neighborhoods in southeastern Turkey have come under heavy gunfire from tanks and armored vehicles, according to local media.

    ​“Residents are trying to find shelter in safe areas as the neighborhoods, which house thousands, are being targeted by heavy fire from tanks and armored vehicles that have surrounded the area under curfew,” ANF News described.

    The Kurdish neighborhoods of Barbaros, Basak and Zap have introduced self-rule and have strong local self-defense, including YDG-H youth units, who are resisting government forces attempting to impose the curfew, ANF News reported. YDG-H, or Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement, was founded in 2013 by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) youth members.

    ​“People struggling with hunger and thirst take shelter in the basements of their houses. No passages are allowed out of the blockade,” People’s Democratic Party of Turkey, (HDP) reported on Saturday.

    A local Kurdish official, Emine Esmer, a co-mayor of Silopi, was taken into custody and released while investigating a water shortage in the municipality, according to BestaNews.com.

    ​Reports from the Kurdish district of Sur in Diyarbakir, also under curfew, say that tank bombardments in the residential areas intensified on Saturday, with two people injured, according to Jin News Agency.

    ​The HDP reports that almost 200 people have been killed during the blockade and attacks by Turkish government forces. Over 100,000 people have reportedly been displaced in ongoing military actions in Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast.

     

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      in reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher, Russian sourced article LOL

      Kurds, those lovely brothers of Turks are saying this:

      rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/01012016
      samuelkub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/turkish-terrorist-and-fascist-regime.html
      www.rojname.com/index.kurd?ziman=english

      Ah, it is all PKK :) Is it? Those Kurdish poor people, workers and peasants who are crazy enough to go fight the Turkish tanks by starring at them :)
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      in reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher, pst, get this, I am of the opinion that Kurds are far from being any type of terrorists. Many other people think that. Many. Millions of them.

      What is a terrorist? Give me a concrete and clear definition of that term. Come on, define it.

      A terrorist is...
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      jamesmartinthatcherin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, how upsetting...

      rojname and rudaw have been in support of pkk. There are millions of kurdish citizens in turkey that speak against the pkk. How about the fallen kurdish soldiers who are in the army etc.? how about their fathers and brothers wanting to enlist in the fight. Its a regular scene in turkey.

      See how this goes for every point you may raise there is an opposite just as right,
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      There is neither an academic nor an accurate legal consensus regarding the definition of terrorism.[1][2] Various legal systems and government agencies use different definitions. Moreover, governments have been reluctant to formulate an agreed upon, legally binding definition. These difficulties arise from the fact that the term is politically and emotionally charged.[3]
      Angus Martyn in a briefing paper for the Australian Parliament has stated that "The international community has never succeeded in developing an accepted comprehensive definition of terrorism. During the 1970s and 1980s, the United Nations attempts to define the term foundered mainly due to differences of opinion between various members about the use of violence in the context of conflicts over national liberation and self-determination."[4] These divergences have made it impossible to conclude a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that incorporates a single, all-encompassing, legally binding, criminal law definition of terrorism.[5]

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definitions_of_terrorism

      Got that! So, Kurds, in my opinion are not terrorists. Gollum is a terrorist and his forces are state ruled terror forces. Gollum is the leader of State terrorism against its own citizens and CIVILIAN population.
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      jamesmartinthatcherin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, look up the list of designated terrorist organizations by UN. Have fun with it.

      Although opinion does matter, the list is accepted by all members of the United Nations and Australia as well.
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      in reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher,
      rojname and rudaw have been in support of pkk.

      Yeah and? So what? Has Gollum said it or not? What does it matter where it comes from my dear friend, the fact is that he said it. And? So? Well? Yeah?
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      jamesmartinthatcherin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Also what you are saying here is that anyone can deem anyone a terrorist as long as they believe it...how dumb is that.
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      in reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher, Yes and? Are you saying that all Kurds have membership in PKK? WTF? I rest my case :)
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      jamesmartinthatcherin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, yeah they are supporting a certified terrorist organization and so are you. you are for killing innocent people, bombing hospitals, killing children at age 5 with his mom in a car, shooting at ambulances, blowing up damns, cutting electricity of innocent civilians...murder unarmed security forces in transit, place bombs in school while classes are in session...despicable and shame on you for defending these terrorists.
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      in reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher, That's exactly what has been going on. Gollum decided to call someone a terrorist because there is no clear and concrete definition but it is convenient to call an opponent or political opposition terrorists using the current state of international confusion on the term to his advantage.

      Gollum is a terrorist. Ask any Kurd or Syrian, or some Australians :)

      I state it clearly here - Gollum is a psychopath and a terrorist.
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      in reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher, ha ha ha Have a cookie.
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      jamesmartinthatcherin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, no they do not. Thats why the kurds are fighting the PKK thats why they are running away from camps in northern iraq and in turkey and surrendering to the security forces. Thats why they are helping the army or the police find supply caves and giving them intel. Thats why they are enlisting in the army just like other kurds to fight the pkk. your case maybe rest but it is wrong.
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      jamesmartinthatcherin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, you are a terrorist if you are supporting these.

      You must be dumb or born yesterday if you think pkk has been declared as a terrorist group when erdogan came to power. another flaw in your logic once more.
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      in reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher, Let me point something out to you.

      I have never for a second labelled you (personally) as anything during this conversation. I have argued that Gollum and Turkey are terror creators and that Gollum is a killer and a psychopath. I have defended the Kurds as people (as whole) against this kind of state sponsored terror politics. However you are saying that ALL Kurds in Turkey belong to PKK and that therefore i Support PKK.

      You are trying in such a way to discredit me. While you have been doing so, I have focused only on Gollum and the Turkish terrorists using information available on the Internet. Even the sentence that originated in Gollum's mind you have tried to discredit by pointing it to PKK :)

      This is where you fail to get the point. As soon as you started attacking me, for you, it became a personal thing. As for me, I could not give a rat's arse about what you think as I have done it for other reasons.

      This approach that you have used is familiar to people like me. I have been around long enough on different online forums since 1996-1997! I remember when Google had 2 pages with links and when we used mIRC to communicate. Have a great day and try to think while you are sitting behind your keyboard and debating "the stuff" with me and others how many other people in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries are wounded, dying, hungry, cold or crying.
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      jamesmartinthatcherin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, before i type up a full response. If it came out as me saying all kurds in turkey belong to pkk or anything no absolutely not. No I am in fact defending that they are not thats why gave examples from the army etc. They are not at all. Kurdish citizens in turkey in majority do not belong to pkk or members of pkk no. Some do, there are also turks, iranians, armenians, iraqis, syrians maybe even australians(humor)

      Also when i said you must be dumb, i didnt mean to actually call you dumb. you sound smart, you may well be smart or dumb. It was to put more emphasis on how surprised I was when you said erdogan declared the pkk as a terrorist group
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      jamesmartinthatcher
      I will have a great day knowing I do not support terrorists or terrorist organizations. I will also enjoy knowing I do not side with terrorists killing civilians, bombing schools and burning hospitals. I will sleep uneasy however, knowing there is you who is supporting these terrorist acts on innocent people of turkey.

      My australian friend, think when you are doing your walkabout about the innocent deaths the terrorist organization youre supporting is causing. Hope you find your way back.

      G'night
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      ozcanerdonmezin reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher,

      The Turkish government is the terrorist, the PKK is a response to decades - even centuries - of Turkish oppression of the Kurdish people. You are a terrorist sympathizer.
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      justnfree
      Where are the champions of democracy, freedom and peace, accusing others of killing their own people?!
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      johannikolausin reply tojamesmartinthatcher(Show commentHide comment)
      jamesmartinthatcher, FYI, PKK is not designated as a terrorist organization by 156 countries of the world, or UN, EU. Think about it. Only Turkey + 40 allied nations & trade partners (US, UK, Germany, Azerbaijan...) blacklist it.
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      dareltheoldfartin reply tojohannikolaus(Show commentHide comment)
      johannikolaus, Yes, PKK is a 'Human Rights" organization, as long as they do not carry out their 'Human Rights` activities on the soil of a Western Country. LOL. Youre really pathetic. France and Belgium declared state of emergency, and security forces of most Western European Countries are on high alert, just because 120 of its people were massacred by the Arab Terrorists. USA invaded Iraq and Afghanistan and killed millions of people, just because it lost 2500 people and 2 high rise buildings in 9/11. Every Country has the right to defend its territory and kill those who take up arms against its Sovereignty, and Territorial Integrity. Turkish Oppression of the Kurdish People? Are they oppressed by the Turks, because the Kurdish Origin MPs make up 40 % of the Turkish Parliament, while Kurdish Population only make up 15% of the Country's population? They are so frigging oppressed by the Turks, that they have swarmed all big major Cities in the Country, and extorted all the businesses, sites and the like, from local Turks, using Mafia Tactics, and , they still want more.
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