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Clashes between Turkish soldiers and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have killed 461 people this year in almost 1,000 operations in the country's southeast, the military was quoted as saying by local media today.

Some 373 PKK militants were killed in operations carried out over five months, and 88 Turkish soldiers in the last nine months, the army was quoted as saying by the private NTV television network. Fifty-four of the killed soldiers were professional fighters, while 34 were conscripts.

The army has staged 974 operations over the last six months to drive out the PKK, which often stages ambushes against Turkish forces in the Kurdish-majority southeast, according to NTV.
 
In recent months Ankara has staged several offensives involving thousands of ground troops backed by helicopter gunships and F-16 fighters jets to crush a spike in PKK assaults.
 
Turkish army operations target PKK hideouts inside the country as well as across the border with Iraq, where authorities claim militants are holed up to launch strikes inside Turkey.
 
Some government officials believe Syria's embattled regime is helping the PKK in retaliation for Turkey's support for rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
 
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. 

September/10/2012

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Baris

9/10/2012 10:38:07 PM

Lior Uziel, it is not as straightforward as you make it. PKK does not mean the Kurds, it only has the support of the minority of the Turkish Kurds who suffer more than most under the PKK's terror. Most of the Turkish Kurds want equal status and more democracy, but not separation from Turkey. Even the PKK isn't 'officially' fighting for a separate country. To lump all 30 million Kurds and say they want their country is not realistic and is over-simplifying a complex issue.

ahmet osmanoglu

9/10/2012 6:57:24 PM

since when in history has there been a state callaed kurdistan . If there ancestors were not interested in creating a country for future generations ,why now .who is behind the kurds maybe they should give a part of their country to the kurds . countries like france uk usa

Lior Uziel

9/10/2012 6:05:34 PM

Murat, Kurds want a country and self determination. This is their vocabulary for "democracy" and "liberalism".... They believe that their country should have been Kurdistan, on lands taken by Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq, by the illogical (intentional illogical) division by the British empire at the beginning of the last century.

Murat

9/10/2012 4:07:20 PM

Why not first consider a buffer zone in Norther Iraq? There is no end to this. PKK, a narco cartel will never give up their gins, it is their reason for being. No amount of liberalization or democracy will stem it. They do not even know the meaning of the word. Only thing Turks can do is to minimize damage. Shame on Kurdish leaders, if there is any.

True Turk

9/10/2012 4:06:30 PM

Why do we Turks still pretend that Iran is an ally? They charge us exorbitant rates for oil and gas and train and provide arms for the PKK. There are millions of Iranians with Turkish ancestors in in Iran. They consider themselves Turkish and their loyalty is to Turkey. Maybe it's high time to create some mischief for the mad Mullahs and Ahmadinezhād. They have openly said that we are targets if the US or Israel attacks them.
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