After several rounds of airstrikes in northern Iraq, the Turkish military decided to stay a little closer to home today, carrying out a round of airstrikes in their own Sirnak Province against what they’re describing as “Kurdish terrorists.”
Beginning with Turkish airstrikes against PKK targets in Iraq on Friday, two years of ceasefire and peace negotiations came to an abrupt ending. Turkey’s ruling party today suggested the peace talks “might restart” if the PKK agreed to unilaterally disarm and withdraw from Turkey entirely.
Turkey and the PKK have been fighting an on-again, off-again war for decades centering around demands for Kurdish autonomy, and potentially outright secession, in the nation’s southeast. The recent round of peace talks had stalled, but had ending years of violence.
NATO endorsed Turkey’s attacks on ISIS in today’s meeting, but was somewhat tepid in its support for attacks on the Kurds, with several nations urging Turkey to consider another round of peace talks. Considering how this one ended, it’s going to take more than a demand to disarm to bring the PKK back to the table, however.