Turkish aviation strikes Kurds in Iraq

An important assembly point of the Kurdish Workers’ Party on the border of Iraq and Iran was bombarded. High-ranking PKK members are likely to have suffered, Erdogan said. Turkish air forces attacked the positions of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) during a party congress in northern Iraq. This was announced on Saturday, June 16, by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reported.

The aim of the bombing was the mountainous region of Kandil, since, according to the assumption of the Turkish government, the PKK leaders are hiding there. The Turkish President said that during the bombing, most likely, high-ranking PKK members suffered. “We still have no conclusions, but the fact that the important gathering point of the PKK was struck is undoubted,” Erdogan emphasized.

Turkey has been fighting against PKK since 2015

Earlier, the Turkish government once again threatened to send ground troops into the Kandil region on the border of Iraq and Iran. According to Erdogan, he agreed on this issue with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. They agreed that it is necessary to maintain security in this region, the Turkish President noted. In addition, Turkey is also negotiating with Iraq on the possible introduction of troops into the region.

The fighting of the Turkish army against the PKK has been ongoing since the ceasefire in the summer of 2015. Attacks on Kurdish forces are carried out mainly in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria and Iraq.

Ankara forced the Kurds to leave the Syrian city of Manbij

After Turkey’s threats to launch a military operation, the Kurdish “People’s Self-Defense Forces” decided to leave Syrian Manbij. U.S.-backed Kurds liberated the city from terrorists in 2016. Representatives of the Kurdish militias, the People’s Self-Defense Forces (YPG), announced Tuesday that they were leaving the Syrian city of Manbij. A similar decision was made after the threats of Turkey to begin a military operation. Ankara considers these militias a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdish Workers Party, which is recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey.

There are US special forces in the city to support the YPG. The offensive announced by the Turkish side threatens confrontation between partners in the North Atlantic Alliance. Turkey and the US have been negotiating for several months to resolve the conflict. After meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the approval of a “road map” for the withdrawal of Kurdish militias from Manbij.

In particular, the Kurds must surrender the weapons that they received from the United States to fight terrorists, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported. According to him, after the Kurds leave in Manbij, it is planned to deploy joint US and Turkish military groups. According to the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, such “road maps” will subsequently be presented for other cities that are under the control of the “National Self-Defense Forces”.

In Syria, terrorist attacks and civilian deaths continue

YPG units with US support liberated the city from militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in August 2016

In recent days, Syria has intensified its actions. In particular, since June 3, terrorists managed to seize four villages in the east of the country in the Efrat Valley, which were previously controlled by the Syrian army. The attacks killed 45 Syrian soldiers, representatives of the opposition Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Council (SOHR) said.

According to human rights activists, civilians continue to die in Syria. So, the day before as a result of an air attack by the forces of the international anti-terrorist coalition led by the United States in the northeastern province of Hasek, 11 civilians were killed, including five children, representatives of the SOHR said.

Erdogan announced his victory in the presidential election

Recep Tayyip Erdogan called himself the winner of the presidential election in Turkey. He gains more than 50 percent of the vote. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, June 24, announced his victory in the presidential election in Turkey. “According to unofficial results, our people entrusted me with the role of the president of the country, and the parliamentary majority entrusted me with the People’s Alliance.” This is a big responsibility, ”Erdogan said.

“I hope that no one will question the results of the vote in order to hide their failure,” he said, adding that Turkey “has taught a lesson in democracy.”

Counting continues. According to the latest data, Erdogan gains 52.2 percent of the vote, his closest competitor Muharrem Inje – 30.8 percent. A total of 98 percent of the ballots were counted.

Is it hard to be a woman in Saudi Arabia: myths and secrets (video)

They are forbidden everything from choosing a husband and using public transport to many other things that seem absolutely familiar to us. But some bans have already been lifted.

She is forbidden everything – from choosing a husband and using public transport to many other things that seem completely familiar to us. According to the 2017 report on gender inequality at the World Economic Forum, Saudi Arabia ranks 138th out of 144 and is considered one of the countries with the most difficult living conditions for women.
Women are not allowed to move around freely. In September 2017, the King of Saudi Arabia proclaimed that from June 2018 women will be allowed to drive, but with one condition – having received permission from their guardian before that.

In Saudi Arabia, a woman can only ride a train in a separate carriage at the end of the train, and only in Riyadh. As for buses, most of them refuse to take female passengers. In some regions, a woman who rides an unaccompanied taxi is even considered immoral.

They should wear fully covered clothing. In society, a woman should completely cover the entire body, except for the face, hands and feet. The outfit should be made of thick fabric so that no female figure is visible under it. They have a very small selection of professions. A woman can become a doctor, nurse or work in the field of education. Women politicians or lawyers are very rare. Building a career for local girls is much more difficult than men, since they are paid less and they do not receive social benefits, such as health insurance.

Women never open the door. Most homes in Saudi Arabia have two entrances: for men and for women. Women can spend time with their friends, but only in their half of the house. Male guests can only enter the other half, where women are not allowed to enter. If a wife needs to say something to her husband, she can call him on the phone.

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