[BATTLE] Kurdish Uprising in Turkey and Iran (Part 3) plus the other Kurdistans
Battle in Turkish Kurdistan
During the Turkish – Kurdish Normalization Agreement of 2036 finalized at Ramstein, Germany, Turkish and Kurdish ground forces attacked each other with the Turks once again using the same tactics as usual, disregarding the exhausted logistics and humungous amounts of soldiers. The Kurds began to adapt to the Turks and began attacking the Turk's supply lines and developing tactics to effectively repel Turkish forces from Kurdish foxholes. Fighting remained intense with the borders unchanging as the Turks failed to push past their strained supply lines and developing a different battle doctrine they used for two years.
Soon however once the Kurds heard of the peace treaty with the Turks brokered by the United States, the Kurds were ordered to immediately lay carry their arms with them and return home. They were to regain their citizenship and freely travel across and outside Turkey as Turkish citizens as they trade their weapons to Turkish authorities gradually. Many Turkish Kurdish families, along with young battle hardened individuals, took the opportunity to flee to SR Kurdistan for fear of Turkish reprisals now that the NATO controlled border was reopened to average Kurdish citizens.
The families settled in SR Kurdistan while the battle hardenend inviduals seeking more combat set their eyes on the liberation Iranian Kurdistan and Syrian Kurdistan. Many travelled to SR Kurdistan, picking up advanced Western weapons from fellow Kurdish arms distributors and travelled eastwards to Iranian Kurdistan, with some others stealing the weapon for use against Syrian Kurdistan.
Turkish Armed Forces
205 Turkish soldiers killed
4 Altay Tanks
29 M60 MBT
54 ACV15 APC
66 Otokar Akrep
Kurdish rebel forces
873 Kurdish rebels and civilians killed
20,000 Kurdish civilians seek refuge in the Republic of Kurdistan
- Turkish – Kurdish Normalization Agreement of 2036
Battle in Iranian Kurdistan
The Iranians along with their foreign allies still wage a costly war against the Kurds. The end of the Turkish Civil War also has brought an increased manpower of combat experienced and well armed insurgents from Turkey. NATO's allowance of Turkish veterans not deemed as criminals through to SR Kurdistan has brought more men to the Kurdish front. Finally the Iranian economy is extremely strained. Although the Iranian military has always been resilient during times of financial troubles, their desperation and the ever increasing deployments of Iranian troops in Western Iran has caused major logistical issues.
Turkish Kurdish offensive
Some well organized and armed numbering 10,000 Turkish Kurds have launched an invasion across the Turkish border against Iranian border police with extremely high tech infantry based weapons. They immediately overwhelmed the Iranian border guards after brutal fighting through the Zagros Mountains but advanced very little through the tough Zagros Mountains terrain before they faced NAJA security forces and the 35th Mechanized Division stationed across the border, engaged in anti insurgency operations across Northern Iranian Kurdistan.
The 35th and NAJA quickly responded to the new front by launching a counterattack with Iranian air support. Mechanized units established defensive emplacements relying on artillery and air strikes to move through the mountain's valleys where they still continued to be harassed by Turkish ambushes. Infantry companies supported air support climbed mountains to clear out Kurdish emplacements with mixed results.
The Russian VDV also quickly participated in the battle as they rushed in their helicopters to the frontline when the Russian Armed Forces discovered the attack. The Russian helicopters performed "nap of the earth" flying, where they approached very low to the ground and engaged more laterally, popping up to only about 61m attempting to avoid the Stingers. From there the VDV distinguished themselves capturing strategic hill sites in support of the Iranian mechanized force, clearing Turkish foxholes, and establishing control over vital hilltop strong point from which to observe and control a long section of the road beneath and thus secure it for the safe passage of convoys.
With air support and VDV assistance the Iranians drove back the Turkish force back to the Turkish border ending the Turkish front. The 35th Mechanized Division was left to patrol the Iranian border with Turkey along with NAJA officers while the VDV was sent back to base to prepare for another QRF request.
Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
35th Mechanized Division
212 Iranian soldiers killed
9 T-72B4 MBTs
9 Tosan light tanks
7 BRDM-SE Armored Recon
25 BMP-2D IFV
25 BARS MRAP
Armed Forces of the Russia Federation
32 VDV soldiers killed
2 Mi-38 helicopters shot down
- Kurdish invasion repelled, damage minimal to Iran
Back in SR Kurdistan, President Belîcan Şehîd urged Turkish Kurds to fight for the Iranian Kurds independence with the conclusion of the Turkish Civil War. Many chose to stay behind in Turkey or join SR Kurdistan applying for citizenship but the more brave or stupid decided to join the meat grinder the Iranian front turned into. The window of opportunity to enter Iranian Kurdistan was however closing rapidly as the UN expanded their mandate in Iraq to also cover the Kurdish-Iranian border as Egyptian peacekeepers mobilize to the border.
In an effort to bring the best, any Kurd willing to fight for Iranian Kurdistan's independence received advanced infantry weapons from discreet men near the Kurdish-Iranian border and skipped through the border joining their brothers by establishing defensive positions on top of ridges and ambushing roads although some decided to steal the weapons and sell it in the black market for quick money. The Kurdish Peshmerga also displayed amazing corruption as they misplaced a couple of advanced MEADS anti air defence systems with the Kurdish government scratching off these equipment as lost, blaming it on Casper the Ghost. The misplaced MEADs moved across the Kurdish-Iranian border to be set in strategic sites.
Little did they know however was that Russian UCAVs and ELINTs captured and monitored the troop and equipment movements. Ground controllers immediately notified Su-50 stealth jets and Su-Sokol UCAVs already performing potential SEAD missions near the Iranian-Kurdish border of the incoming advanced anti air system that could threaten the entire air theatre. These anti air assets were constantly monitored to first discover more hidden Kurdish bases. As soon as the Kurdish rebels turned on the radar for the MEADs, Su-50s launched Kh-31 anti air missiles at the MEADs completely destroying all MEADs in Iran. All identified Kurdish positions were bombarded by Russian bombers dropping dumb bombs over their positions. The Russians also now constricted the flow of weapons with fighters immediately bombed the moment they touched Iranian soil. The Kurds became extra creative in establishing more discreet ways of entering Iran. Their route to Iran however was closing soon from the extension of the UN Peacekeeping operation in Iraq to the Iranian-Kurdish border.
The Egyptian were the first to move to the border and faced stiff resistance from organized independent Kurds using their advanced weapons and training to fend off the UN peacekeeping force as long as possible for the Iranian Kurds to receive as much weaponry as possible before direct logistics shut down. The Egyptian found the hilly terrain of the Zagros Mountains difficult to rout out the Kurds. Egyptian infantry had to storm villages with armored support without air support and took much longer than expected for the Egyptians to properly consolidate their positions on the border. Once the Egyptians secured the Iranian-Kurdish border, the end was nigh for the Kurds as their supply lines were cut by an unbiased peacekeeping force. Some Kurds managed to smuggle advanced weapons to Iranian Kurdistan but without a large and continual supply of new weapons, the resistance was failing.
In Iranian Kurdistan, the Iranians switched tactics during the conflict from massed invasions with numerous casualties in an effort to reclaim important lands to a counter insurgency operation relying on small scale reconnaissance teams to direct air and artillery strikes as well as gathering information. Once the dust settled special forces deployed in helicopters were to sweep and seize strategic sites. If they faced too much resistance they would withdraw and call for another round of attacks at their positions, which the Kurds mostly used as precious time to withdraw. The Iranians then brought in the regular army to control the area once it was determined safe enough while the special forces moved closer to the Kurdish homelands.
The Russians were more focused on assisting the Iranians in operations deemed to dangerous for the Iranians without support. The toughest nuts to crack in the Zagros Mountains were led by well seasoned Spetsnaz units infiltrating through enemy territory and performing forward air control providing detailed information to the Russian Air Force in precision sensitive targets. Spetsnaz also participated with Takavar forces in seizing the most important valleys that permit the safest passage of convoys performing daring raids. Russian attack helicopters and artillery supported the Russian and Iranian military operations performing remarkably, driving out the Kurds from their positions. The regular Russian Army moved through the flatter plains south of the Zagros Mountains in an attempt to secure Iran's southern borders. The Navy performed satisfactory with no combat losses as well as launching and recovering aircrafts without major issues with nothing remarkable coming out of their operations too.
These increased Iranian and Russian combined arms attacks slowly but surely wiped out the remaining Kurdish resistance before morale broke down and the Kurds retreated to the UN peacekeepers on the Iranian border and surrendered to them. They however too put up an impressive fight against their more technologically advanced opponents.
The Iranians and Russians took advantage of their air dominance over the mountains, deploying airborne special forces on strategic sites before flushing them out but due to the density and connectivity of the Kurds in the Zagros Mountains, reconnaissance militants spotted some low flying helicopters and relayed their information to Stinger sites where they quickly brought down scores of helicopters. The sites had to quickly relocate around the mountain or face strike fighters specifically performing SEAD operations, blowing these sites to smithereens. The Kurds also provided amazing resistance against their special forces combatants, driving their assaults out before withdrawing or hunkering down in their positions as another set of artillery and air strikes pounded their positions. Kurdish IEDs and traps also consumed a lot of opposition lives as unknowing special forces and armored columns trapped themselves in minefields and spent hours getting out of them. Nevertheless without a constant supply of equipment and men and a degarding morale, the Kurds broke down.
By December after two years of fighting, Iranian soldiers raised the Iranian flags back on their borders with Kurdistan. Newspapers around the globe displayed the photograph of an Iranian soldier shaking hands with a Russian soldier on the border overlooking SR Kurdistan, the title and hook varying depending on what newspaper. The Iranians successfully drove out the Kurdish militants from Iran and now must focus on pressing matters with Balochistan and their own home grown insurgency. The economic damage to Iranian Kurdistan is also tremendous with all urban centers reduced to ruin with living standards among the worst in the world and the scenic wonders of Zagros Mountain degraded by holes on the ground, unexploded ordinance, and trampled nature from the outcomes of war. It is expected Iran will begin redeploying their forces with its numerous insurgencies across central and eastern Iran, increase their oil industry security, and emplace a strong counter insurgency and border patrol campaign in Iranian Kurdistan.
Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
- 169 Special Forces killed
|IAIO Toufan Attack Helicopters||Iran||3|
|Mil Mi-8AMTSh Assault Helicopters||Russia||12|
|Safir-4 4×4 Tactical Vehicles||Iran||9|
- 103 Airborne Infantry killed
|IAIO Toufan Attack Helicopters||Iran||9|
|Mil Mi-38 Medium Utility Helicopter||Russia||12|
|Safir-4 4×4 Tactical Vehicles||Iran/Kazakh||38|
- 121 Special Forces killed
|IAIO Toufan Attack Helicopters||Iran||3|
|Mil Mi-38 Medium Utility Helicopter||Russia||6|
|Safir-4 4×4 Tactical Vehicles||Iran/Kazakh||34|
- 104 Special Forces killed
|BRDM-SE Reconnaissance Patrol Vehicle||Iran||3|
|Safir-4 4×4 Tactical Vehicles||Iran||12|
|Neynava 4×4 Multipurpose Tactical Trucks||Iran||5|
- 2 Special Forces killed
|Safir-4 4×4 Tactical Vehicles||Iran||1|
- 4 Special Forces killed
|BRDM-SE Reconnaissance Patrol Vehicle||Kazakh/Iran||1|
- 37 Special Forces killed
|Safir-4 4×4 Tactical Vehicles||Iran||3|
|Neynava 4×4 Multipurpose Tactical Trucks||Iran||1|
Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Egyptian Armed Forces
|Egyptian Army||Infantry||22||Equipped with the Saladin ICS Block I|
|M1A2 Sep V3||MBT||4|
All organized rebels dead or completely routed
Some left in Iranian countryside but none armed with advanced weapons
Syrian Kurdistan and SR Kurdistan situation
Increased border skirmishes with individuals equipped of a variety of weapons from AKs their grandfathers used in the liberation of Iraqi Kurdistan against Saddam Hussein's regime to much less frequent but advanced Javelin anti tank missiles. Strong border control from the Syrian side has allowed the country to remain stable, detaining returning Syrian Kurds and suspected revolutionaries and performing extensive border missions across the vast flat deserts on Syria's border with Iraq and Kurdistan. Border police and soldiers regularly detain Kurds attempting to independently smuggle weapons into Kurdistan. Domestically, Syrian Kurds are becoming even more agitated. Although it says in the 2036 Non-Sectarian Minorities Rights Act that Syria will no longer discriminate against minority races, the Kurds have notably been left out. Increased immigration of Arab, Armenian, and Assyrians residents moving to Northern Syria as well as the government support for the construction of churches and Shia mosques has caused massive tension between Kurds against the government and other minority groups in Rojava. Race riots regularly occur in the streets with many Kurds declaring that the government is paranoid its Kurdish citizens.
Meanwhile in SR Kurdistan, weapon proliferation is uncontrollable. SR Kurdistan never enacted proper weapons control among its population with almost every Kurdish citizen owning a gun and widespread black markets selling illegal weapons from AKMs to Stinger missiles to anyone, predominantly to Kurds, though nothing has also been done to regulate that market officially and sales to other ethnicities and nationalities are common by more enterprising entrepreneurs. Surprisingly murder rates in SR Kurdistan are still low with most citizens living peacefully and trusting their government with others waging wars of independence in neighboring countries.
Syrian Armed Forces
12 soldiers killed
1 BMP-2 destroyed
Border still impregnable
Rapidly increasing domestic issues in Syria
Out of control weapons market in SR Kurdistan