I hope regular readers of Rasti will forgive the lack of opening quotation and quite a number of days between posts, but things may be a bit irregular for the next couple of weeks.
The family gatherings seem to be winding down and in the next few days I will hit the road to see what is really happening here. The positive thing is that none of the people here believe the regime's propaganda, but are well served in the news department by Roj TV.
It may be difficult to get to some areas as military operations are ongoing and have increased. It seems that operations are up in the following areas: Yuksekova, Silopi, Beytuşşebap, Çatak, Doğubayazıt, and Iğdır. There have been operations since 22 May ın Şirnak by the border jandarma. According to news reports here, some 2,000 korucular and 40,000 regular troops are engaged in operations along the Turkish-Iraq-Iran border. There hae also been intensified operations on Cudi, Gabar, Bestler Dereler, and Kato Dağ. In addition to regular troops, those operations are also employing special teams and special police teams.
I have seen what appear to be regular helicopter flights back and forth from the Iraq border several times a day. There have also been replacement or reinforcement equipment traveling by ground toward the border.
According to Turkish media via the Turkish daily Taraf, HPG conducted an operation against the Bölükyazı jandarma station in Bitlis, but the report seemed to be incomplete. HPG has also launched what may be another major operation against a jandarma command station near Şemdinli. As soon as I have more detailed information on that, I will try to post something.