President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan repeatedly warned European countries that condone the outlawed PKK, saying that the terrorist group always bites the hand that feeds it. The countries refused to believe Erdoğan and criticized him once more. However, incidents over the past weeks have proven Erdoğan right.
The PKK is currently suffering major defeats in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. The terrorist group gets more aggressive as Daesh is vanquished as a result of cooperation between Russia, Turkey and Iran. Contrary to what is represented to Europe, neither the PKK nor its Syrian affiliate the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Protection Units (YPG) militia actually fights Daesh. They have masterfully manipulated and exploited the Daesh presence.
The PKK and YPG had an opportunity to take up arms on the pretext of the anti-Daesh fight. The U.S. is making a big mistake by maintaining the problematic policy remaining from former President Barack Obama's terms in office. The country pursues wrong strategies in Syria and Iraq. Therefore, it is not possible to succeed in the fight against Daesh alongside the U.S., as the country looks to terrorist groups just like it previously did in Afghanistan.The weapons the U.S. has given to the YPG are being used by the PKK against Turkey. As the forces fighting against Daesh in Iraq and Syria realized this, balances and alliances in these countries have undergone a transformation. The importance of Russia, Turkey and Iran's cooperation in terms of eradicating Daesh is evident. Likewise, it becomes clearer each day that purging terrorist groups from Iraq is possible through cooperation between the Turkish and Iraqi militaries.
The latest developments in Syria and Iraq also threaten the presence of the PKK and the PYD. Turkey maintains an active fight against Daesh, as well as determinedly fighting against all terrorist groups in the region. As such, the PKK is currently in a tight spot, and therefore ordered its militants across Europe to mobilize as a last resort.
Suffering heavy losses in Turkey, Syria and Iraq, the PKK wants to get away from this situation with Europe's support. In this respect, the terrorist group kicked off intense propaganda in various European countries. PKK militants and proponents in Europe started to get aggressive since this propaganda failed to misinform and persuade the European public to support the PKK. Consequently, they are currently showing their true face.
They head to neighborhoods where Turkish-Europeans densely populate in buses they rent, trying to provoke those who are living peacefully in those neighborhoods. They aspire to find support by provoking Turkish-Europeans and creating an impression that Turks and Kurds are clashing. But they could deceive neither Turks nor Europeans on that matter. Europeans are also aware of the PKK's motivations. Kurdish-Europeans could also not be deceived, although the PKK forces them to pour into the streets to demand freedom for the PKK's imprisoned leader, Abdullah Öcalan. Kurdish people also know that the PKK does not listen to Öcalan, as they previously accused him of siding with the reconciliation process in Turkey. It is obvious that the PKK does not want peace. A peaceful environment is a major threat to the PKK's war barons. The war barons, who live on terrorism and human and drug trafficking, are determined to stir chaos in European cities for their own interests.
In Antwerp, Belgium, they attacked Turkish neighborhoods to provoke Turkish-Europeans there. In Genk, Belgium, they opened fire on a Turkish association. Also in Greece, they attacked the police who did not allow their protests. Similar incidents are currently taking place in Germany. In Dusseldorf, they attacked police who did not allow their terrorist propaganda. They injured 12 officers, three of them heavily. They are trying to stir up trouble in many other cities in Europe with buses they rent on the pretext of a propaganda campaign.
They are getting more aggressive as they are not allowed to make terrorist propaganda. So, the PKK's true colors have started to come to light in Europe.
Militants are distributing leaflets that read: "European Turks are our enemies." The people living in neighborhoods where the Turkish population is predominant are concerned. Not only Turkish-Europeans, but also Kurdish-Europeans do not support the PKK and are targeted by the terrorist group.
The EU and EU countries should not remain as mere spectators to the incidents and take strict measures against the PKK's efforts to terrorize Europe. Otherwise, it would be hard to cope with this violent terrorist group that has organized and weaved networks across Europe for years. Condoning PKK militant activities in European countries first and foremost undermines domestic security of Europe.
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