Qandil operation as an instrument of AKP’s election campaign

Erdoğan declared at an election campaign that the announced military operation on the Qandil Mountains had begun. Mustafa Karasu from the KCK refers to the announcement as election campaign propaganda.

Turkish President Erdoğan said at an election campaign yesterday that the previously announced military operation on the Qandil Mountains in Southern Kurdistan has begun.

"With 20 aircraft, we have destroyed 14 important points," Erdoğan claimed. "They struck and returned. It is not over yet, it will continue. Our goal is to dry out the largest marsh. We will make sure that Qandil is no longer a threat, a source of terror for our country and our nation. Just as we have freed Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab and Azaz from the killer gangs, with Allah's permission we will also dry up the terror stock in Qandil."

Meanwhile, a statement on the subject has arrived from Qandil. Mustafa Karasu, a member of the KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council, reiterated in an article in the daily newspaper Yeni Özgür Politika that the Qandil operation is an election campaign.

The military invasion in Afrin was also designed to keep the AKP/MHP government in power, but did not receive the necessary public support, Karasu said: "The Qandil mountains are being bombed from the air every day anyway. The air strikes are nothing new. However, ground forces would have to march 150 to 200 kilometers from the Turkish-Iraqi border to southern Kurdistan. How should they succeed? "

Karasu said military circles in Turkey have also said that a military operation in Qandil is a very difficult and long-term procedure. "Why has the operation been re-addressed now? It is psychological warfare and election propaganda. These Qandil scenarios are intended to win votes for the AKP and Erdoğan. At the moment, the Qandil operation is obviously an instrument of the election campaign."