Turkish Army Enters Roboski Sparking Conflict with Kurdish Protesters

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Turkish Armed Forces have clashed today with Kurdish villagers in Roboski, southeast Turkey, a town near the border with Iraq and Syria.

According to reports, clashes started when local Kurds gathered to protest amassing of Turkish forces in the area. It is unknown if anyone has been killed so far, but pictures from the area show that at least one man and woman have been wounded.

On 28th of December 2011 Turkish planes bombed Roboski killing 34 civilians. According to Turkish government sources, those civilians were smuggling drugs, cigarettes and arms, but many others have doubted those reports.

Out of 36 people who were killed in 2011, 29 were from Encü family. Today, Bedri Encü was shot from his foot. While rushing to the hospital to visit her son, his mother Sakine Encü had a car accident and is seriously injured. Also three children Sami Encü (14), Yusuf Encü (13) Sait Encü (13) were detained today by armed forces.

Some claim that Turkey’s plan is to create a buffer zone between them and Islamic state forces, but the US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that there are no “solid evidences” to support that claim. He has dismissed claims that Jordan plans to do the same thing, stating that there are “serious logistical challenges” for that to be accomplished.



Meanwhile, Turkey’s National Security Council debated today about sending forces to Syria in order to prevent IS and Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) from taking full control of the territory west of the town Marea. Two strategic border crossings between Turkey and Syria — Öncüpınar/Bab al-Salam and Cilvegözü/Bab al-Hawa are located in that area.

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Area that was the topic of today’s meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated a few days ago that his country will “never allow formation of a Kurdish state south of Turkey’s border.

“I say to the international community that whatever price must be paid, we will never allow the establishment of a new state on our southern frontier in the north of Syria”, Erdogan stated.

He has also accused Kurdish forces of “changing the demographic structure” of several areas close to the Turkish border, which also have Arab and Turkmen populations, AFP writes.

Meanwhile, IS has intensified efforts to lay mines on the border with Turkey, implying that they are realising that a possible attack is about to take place. On some places where IS controlled territory borders with Turkey, members is IS have raised their flag.

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Flags of IS and Turkey on mutual border

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