Representatives from the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) are predicting intense clashes with Turkish military forces in the near future. PKK official Bahoz “The Doctor” Erdal told local media that, “Of course, we are in a state of war against the Turkish army. The escalation is in the upcoming days. We can say we are expecting a hot summer with Turkey.” The Turkish military has been increasingly aggressive in their pursuit of the PKK, even violating the borders of other nations. Last week Turkish soldiers moved 27 kilometers inside the Iraqi-Kurdistan border before withdrawing to their establish combat outposts outside of the village. They are attempting to move on the region of Qandil, a mountainous territory where the PKK has its headquarters.

The Kurdish National Congress (KNK), an umbrella organization to the PKK, made a similar statement saying,

There are increasing signs of an imminent full-scale invasion of Iraqi Kurdish territory, including the mountainous Qandil region of northern Iraq, in an attempt to further encircle and strangle the only place of freedom in the region.”

They also noted that despite their expression of deep concern to the international community, the world has remained silent which has in turn “emboldened” Turkish aggression.