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Jul. 21 2010 - 11:06 am | 93 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

300 Kurds dead, 1000+ injured in Syria

Thousands of Kurdish people demonstrate callin...

Kurdish supporters of the PKK march. Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife

Syrian security forces have begun a major crackdown against Kurdish separatists affiliated with the Turkish-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK is considered to be a terrorist organization by the United States, UN, NATO and the European Union due to their frequent attacks on civillian targets.

On July 1, 400 PKK members were arrested in a sudden raid by the Syrian secret police under charges of “membership in a terrorist organization, extraction of money by extortion and attempting to separate Kurds of the country along ethnic and religious lines.” Following the arrests, undisclosed punitive measures were taken against non-PKK affiliated Syrian Kurds in the city of Haseke.

Syria’s security apparatus appears to have arrested PKK members operating out of Haseke, Aleppo, Kamishli, Afrin and Rakka.

This follows the killing of 11 PKK terrorists by the Syrian military in June.

According to the Israeli DEBKAfile website, Turkey sold Israeli-made unmanned drones to Syria and over 300 Syrian Kurds are dead and 1000 injured in fighting with the Syrian military — most of them civillians.

Alhough DEBKAfile often prints rumors and unverified stories, television network al-Arabiyya confirms that Syria is using Israeli-operated aircraft and that hundreds of Kurds are dead.

The PKK also has bases in Iran and Iraq and, just today, blew up a major natural gas pipeline connecting Turkey and Iran.

Meanwhile, Damascus is involved in some strange diplomacy for the region: Turkey’s foreign minister and Hamas head Khlad Meshaal just had a Syrian-sponsored sitdown. According to Hamas, the talks discussed “ways of breaking the (Israeli) embargo.” This was followed by a Syrian-sponsored Allawi-al-Sadr summit. Al-Assad is keeping busy, eh?


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