PKK’s Bayık threatens Turkey
ISTANBULA senior figure in the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has threatened Turkey, saying the group will “spread its war to the cities,” referring to attacks against security forces.
“The war will be carried out everywhere without making a distinction between mountains, plains and cities. It will be carried out in the metropolises and it’s been that way,” Cemil Bayık, a PKK leader based in the Kandil mountains of northern Iraq, said in an interview with the Fırat News Agency (ANF), adding that “the war won’t be limited to the mountains like it used to be.”
“The police in the cities won’t be living as comfortably as they used to,” he said.
During his interview, Bayık said the PKK “was changing its style,” adding that a “new war style” was developed.
Noting that the clashes between the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the PKK had prepared the ground for the July 15 failed coup attempt, believed to have been carried out by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), Bayık said the coup plotters had “immunity” during the “war situation,” referring to the security operations in the eastern and southeastern provinces.
“The preparation and the organization of the coup plotters happened during this context of war. They had immunity in this context. No one touched them and they used this immunity to organize. The Presidential Palace used these people to crush the Kurds and they became organized and carried out a coup,” he added.