TURNING UP THE HEAT

The heat is on, on the street
Inside your head, on every beat
And the beat’s so loud, deep inside
The pressure’s high, just to stay alive
‘Cause the heat is on
~ Glenn Frey.

It seems like Teyrêbazên Azadiya Kurdistan (TAK) has been seriously turning up the heat in recent days.

Stratfor has a write up on recent events, especially an attack in Adana on 4 August:

The first bomb, the smaller of the two, exploded at a bank in downtown Adana, injuring two bank security guards. About 10 minutes later, a second, larger device detonated at a nearby construction site, damaging nearby shops and police cars, and injuring at least five police officers. It appears the attackers detonated the smaller device with the intention of drawing Turkish police and security forces into the area, and then set off the second explosion to take out these first responders. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosions, but Turkey has often been the scene of bomb attacks attributed to left-wing groups, Islamist militants and Kurdish separatists.

In the meantime, someone has claimed responsibility, and it’s TAK:

NEWSDESK, Aug 8 (DozaMe.org) – A lure-and-kill-trap attack by the Kurdish militant organization TAK (Kurdistan Freedom Falcons) in the city of Adana in southern Turkey left 18 people wounded, among them 12 police officers.

The target was an OYAK Bank, which is run by the Turkish military. A report from last year indicates that OYAK would like to diversify, while some of us would just like to see them put out of business. The most significant aspect of the TAK attack is that it used two bombs, as DozaMe and Stratfor describe. By the way, TAK’s statement is carried at the TAK link, above.

This attack, along with five others in two days time at the end of July, it certainly looks like they aim to escalate. Check DozaMe and KurdishInfo for more.

In other news, HPG carried out a successful attack against a Turkish military intelligence (JITEM) non-commissioned officer, in Şirnex province of Turkish-occupied Kurdistan. You gotta love Şirnex; it’s a veritable hotbed of Kurdish patriots. It’s great to know that the chief of the local JITEM rathole is pushing up daisies these days.

Activity is picking up in Iran too. I guess the evil mullahs are none too happy about Kurds in pasdaran forces slitting Iranian throats and then making the defection to HPG. That’s why they’re now offering rewards for every dead gerîla that’s brought in. When the evil mullahs realize that the virgin thing isn’t cutting it and they start offering money, you know they’re desperate.

Turkey shares that desperation, from the Stratfor link:

Despite increased fighting between Turkish troops and Kurdish militants in eastern Turkey, the militants still have been able to carry out — and even escalate — attacks. Ankara, which understands the tourism industry’s importance to the country’s economy, likely is sparing no effort to prevent attacks and eliminate the TAK threat. Thus far, however, the Turkish National Police and intelligence agencies have been unable to do either. With little to stop it, the TAK can be expected to escalate its campaign against Ankara.

I had to point out all this activity because, in yesterday’s post, the GIS/D&FA source noted the following:

In any event, PKK forces are reportedly well aware of the pace of Turkish invasion planning and report themselves to be ready for the confrontation.

A few weeks ago, on 21 July, HPG issued a statement which included the following:

The HPG (People’s Defence Forces) Headquarters Commander Dr. Bahoz Erdal said that the Turkish military and the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government was responsible for the escalation of conflict, stating, “if they become insistent on violence and non-resolution then the guerilla will extend to the Mediterranean and Aegean.”

Both TAK and HPG are turning up the heat, kicking it up a notch, upping the ante, and it looks like HPG is sending the message that it’s capable of urban operations in the Meditarranean and Aegean. None of this has to be because there is one simple way to solve it all: Occupying forces out of Kurdistan.

To say that the natives are pissed off and restless, is an understatement. However, given the events in the last couple of weeks, at least they’re smiling.

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