Turkey recently decided to bomb anti-ISIS Kurds located near Daglica, a place in Turkey near the border with Syria.
The PKK, the Kurdish militant group that was bombed, accused Turkey of violating a two year cease fire with the group:
“For the first time in nearly two years, an air operation was carried out against our forces by the occupying Turkish Republic army. These attacks against two guerrilla bases at Daglica violated the ceasefire.”
Barack Obama has talked with Turkey in the past about bombing ISIS, and now they have responded by bombing the Kurds.
The Hurriyet newspaper said that the air strikes caused “major damage” to the PKK Kurdish group. It also stated:
“F-16 and F-4 warplanes which took off from (bases in the southeastern provinces of) Diyarbakir and Malatya rained down bombs on PKK targets after they attacked a military outpost in the Daglica region.”
According to Turkey, they had responded to an attack from the Kurds. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said: “Yesterday there was very serious harassing fire around the Daglica military outpost. Naturally it is impossible for us to tolerate this. Hence the Turkish armed forces took the necessary measures.”
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Meanwhile, the town of Kobani remains in a heated conflict between ISIS and the Kurds. ISIS has taken most of the town, though.
Sehahmed, a 42 year old Kurd, said that the town of Kobani would have been saved if Turkey had intervened. He added:
For days now they are just watching our people get killed. Obama is too late too. (Islamic State) is now inside the city, they’re on the streets. The air strikes won’t work, it will only delay the inevitable. Its too late for us. Our poor people, we face one disaster after another.
What do you think? Has Obama’s diplomacy failed again, resulting in Turkey bombing the Kurds instead of attacking ISIS?