Members of the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS), a militia affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), disarm an improvised explosive device placed by Islamic State fighters near the village of Umm al-Dhiban, northern Iraq, April 30, 2016. They share little more than an enemy and struggle to communicate on the battlefield, but together two relatively obscure groups have opened up a new front against Islamic State militants in a remote corner of Iraq. The unlikely alliance between the Sinjar Resistance Units, an offshoot of a leftist Kurdish organisation, and Abdulkhaleq al-Jarba, a Arab tribal militia is a measure of the extent to which Islamic State has upended the regional order. Across Iraq and Syria, new groups have emerged where old powers have waned, competing to claim fragments of territory from Islamic State and complicating the outlook when they win. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic SEARCH "YBS TOMASEVIC" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Turkey is planning to build a wall along its border with Iran in a bid to prevent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara has listed as a terror group, from entering its territory, Sputnik reported on Monday citing the Hurriyat newspaper.
Earlier in May, reports said that Turkey was reinforcing the border with Syria in the southeastern part of the country with country’s forces reportedly launching construction of a concrete wall.
“The PKK has the Maku, Dambat, Navur, Kotr, Keneresh and Sehidan camps inside Iran near the Turkish border. There are some 800-1,000 PKK terrorists in those camps. They enter Turkey, carry out attacks and leave. As a precaution against this, we are going to build a wall along 70 kilometers of the border near Agri and [the eastern province of] Igdir,” an official said, as quoted by the Hurriyat newspaper.
The rest of the border, which will be equipped with lights, will be closed with towers and iron fences, the official added.
The PKK was formed in the late 1970s and launched an armed struggle against the Turkish government in 1984, calling for an independent Kurdish state within Turkey.
After the ceasefire between Turkey and the PKK broke down in 2015 after two years, Ankara started a military operation against Kurdish militants.