Reader’s Links, June 12, 2018

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  1. New phase in operation on PKK in Iraq begins: Turkish minister (hurriyetdailynews, Jun 12, 2018)

    “Turkey has moved into a new phase in holding a major operation on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Part (PKK) in northern Iraq’s Kandil, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli has said.

    “Fortification has reached a certain level in base areas,” he told Anadolu Agency on June 12, referring to the temporary bases in the neighboring country.

    “Now we have a different target, which is totally removing terrorism here,” he said.

    “We will stay in northern Iraq,” he said in a roundtable meeting, implying that Turkish forces will not come back until the mission in completed.

    The minister also also said Turkey was in full agreement with Baghdad on the operation.

    He said aid Turkey had offered to carry out a potential operation into Qandil with Iran, who has voiced support for the offensive.

    Turkey is working with the United States, Iraq, and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for the northern Iraq operation, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu said on June 5, stressing the necessity of “joint action” against the group.

    “There will be a four-way cooperation between Turkey, the U.S., Baghdad and Arbil [in the fight against the PKK]. Because the PKK is also the enemy of Arbil,”

    Arbil is the capital of the autonomus KRG.

    Çavu?o?lu’s statemens came one day after he met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.

    Turkey launched military operations to eliminate the PKK in northern Iraq, targeting the Kandil Mountain and the Sinjar province of the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Jan 11.

    The military said on June 12 that warplanes struck 12 PKK targets in cross-border raids in northern Iraq.

    The military said jets overnight hit shelters, weapon positions and ammunition depots used by the PKK in northern Iraq’s Hakurk, Avasin-Basyan and Kandil regions.

    Accompanied by force commanders, Turkish Chief of Staff Gen Hulusi Akar personally inspected the operation, Anadolu said.

    “This time we are determined to end up all terrorists organizations,” Akar said in a statement.

    Canikli denied that Turkey’s operations against Kandil were aimed at stoking nationalist sentiment ahead of the country’s June 24 elections.

    On June 7, Erdo?an said the Mahmur camp in the Arbil governorate could be another target.

    “I am announcing this for the first time. Mahmur is very important. If the United Nations cannot solve this problem, we will strike Mahmur,” he said, describing the camp as a “breeding ground for terrorists.””

  2. Norwegian police detain man suspected of serial sexual assaults in Oslo (thelocal, Jun 12, 2018)

    “Police in Oslo have arrested a man suspected of following a number of women to their homes with the intent of sexually assaulting them.

    The man, who is 37 years old, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of an attempted rape in the west of the Norwegian capital in February.

    He was on Monday remanded in custody for four weeks without the right to visits, newspaper Dagbladet reports.

    He has now been further placed under suspicion of four additional women in the central and Grünerløkka areas of Oslo, according to the report.

    Oslo Police District announced the broadening of the case against the man in a press briefing on Monday.

    Police will also investigate his connection with reports of similar incidents.

    The four women are reported to have been attacked as they let themselves into their homes after being followed by him.

    All are in their twenties and were on their way home from a night out when the incidents occurred, Dagbladet writes.

    The suspect has admitted to assaulting the women but has denied attempting to rape them, according to the newspaper’s report.

    The attacks took place between December 2017 and the spring of this year.

    In court, the suspect said he had strangled the women until they lost consciousness before leaving the scenes of the attacks.

    The court did not agree with police that it was overwhelmingly evident that he had attempted to rape the women. He did not appeal against the preliminary detention.

    Kari-Janne Lid, head Oslo Police’s sex crimes department, told Dagbladet that investigation of attacks on women in central Oslo and Grünerløkka has been ongong for a number of months, with similarities seen between a number of cases.

    “We expect charges to be (further) extended,” Lid told Dagbladet, but declined to go into further detail.

    The man’s defence lawyer, Sidsel Katralen, declined to comment on the case, but Dagbladet reports he has previous convictions for both rape and assault.”

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