Damien McElroy of the Daily Telegraph reports that US private security vehicles are parked at PKK headquarters high in the Quandil Mountains this week.
“There is a landing pad complete with spotlights near Mr Karayilan’s headquarters, while four-wheel-drive vehicles belonging to a US private security contractor, are easily seen.”
Get that? US private security company vehicles have been sighted at the base of the top PKK Military Leader: Murat Karayilan.
ISTANBUL, Oct. 12 — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he is prepared for a rupture in relations with the United States if his government launches an incursion into northern Iraq in search of Kurdish rebels.
Sy Hersh wrote last year that US and Israeli forces were likely working with Kurd separatists in Northern Iraq. Kurds want an independent homeland. The violent struggle for a greater Kurdistan encompassing parts of Syria, Iran and Turkey is being led by the PKK and the PJAK, which focuses exclusively on attacking Iran.
Some insist that there is some meaningful difference between the PKK and PJAK.
Current PJAK leader Ahmedi does not downplay the PKK’s importance to his organization. When asked about PJAK-PKK ties in a June 2006 interview with the Greek newspaper Eleftherotypia, he replied, “We are brother parties . . . sharing the same core. We support each other.” Cemil Bayik, a founding member of the PKK and one of its current leaders, spoke along the same lines in November 2006: “The PKK is the one who formed PJAK, who established PJAK and supports PJAK.”
The two groups remain geographically close as well. PJAK’s base camp is located on the southern slopes of Mount Qandil, Iraq, currently within PKK-held territory. The PKK’s base camp is on the western side of the mountain. Journalists visiting Qandil have reported that entry to PJAK’s home base is granted only after passing through several PKK-run checkpoints en route.
Turkish Troops are ready to invade and US private security company vehicles are parked at a PKK airport.
We don’t know which US private security company is involved; or who is paying the bills. We don’t know if the company in question is operating alone, or if any other US private security companies are also working with the PKK.
We do know that US military involvement with the PKK at the private or government level is going to be hard to explain.