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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AKP Using Jihadi 'mercenary' Fighters Against Kurds in Turkey?

Is the AKP Using Jihadi Fighters Against Kurds in Turkey? (KurdishQuestion).

A village guard has claimed the presence of a “special team made up of soldiers who speak poor Turkish,” fighting Kurdish militias in Hakkari’s Yüksekova (Gever) district.

As the siege of Kurdish district Yüksekova continues for the 37th day and clashes intensify between Turkish military and police special teams and Civilian Protection Unit (YPS) fighters, claims continue surfacing that ‘Daesh-looking’ individuals with long hair and beards are fighting in the ranks of the Turkish army.

“They speak broken Turkish”

The most recent claim has come from a leading village guard employed by the state in Yüksekova, who has said, “A special team is being used in operations. I saw them a few times in the military barracks. They refrained from speaking too much in our presence but when they did speak they spoke broken Turkish.’

They are wearing Gendarmerie Special Forces (JÖH) uniforms

Wanting to remain anonymous the village guard said, “They could be foreigners, or Turks from the Caucuses. They might be contra-forces, I can’t say for sure. But they are wearing Gendarmerie Special Forces uniforms."

They were used as a ‘frontal force’

Stating that this “special team” was used as a “frontal force” in the Orman, Eski Kışla, Cumhuriyet and Güngör neighbourhoods when the most fierce clashes took place, the village guard added, “This team was sent to fight at the front and this is why they are not revealing the number of dead. I don’t know the exact number but it is much higher than the number that has been disclosed. Some of them could be from orphanages. Let me also tell you this, the Police Special Forces (PÖH) generally disclose their losses but the JÖH don’t. This is why the hospital is in that state.”

Hospital blockaded

Responding to the question, “How many deaths are being hidden?” the village guard responded, “I can’t tell you a number. They are not letting anyone near that area of the hospital. If you don’t believe me you can try and access that area, no one is being allowed near it. We know they have more than 200 wounded, sometimes they mention it.”

Clashes between the YPS fighters and Turkish state forces are ongoing in the districts Yüksekova and Nusaybin where hundreds of deaths are being reported on both sides. Hmmm.......'Turkmen mercenaries? 

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