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Chief of General Staff Gen Özel has started the operation, the military says. AP photo

Chief of General Staff Gen Özel has started the operation, the military says. AP photo

Seventy-five militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in operations in the eastern province of Hakkari between Sept. 8 and today, the local governor's office has announced.
 
Four security personnel were killed in the clashes, the announcement added.
 
The statement from the governor's office came a day after the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced the beginning of a major operation against the PKK in Hakkari’s Şemdinli district, noting that seven battalions were participating in the mobilization.
 
A brief statement posted on the website of the TSK also said that Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel – accompanied by Land Forces Commander Gen. Hayri Kıvrıkoğlu and Air Forces Commander Gen. Mehmet Erten – had traveled to the province’s Yüksekova and Şemdinli districts to inspect the military units there.
 
The statement, which was titled “The inspections of the chief of General Staff at the Second Army Command,” said Özel received information on the ongoing large-scale operation from the authorities.
 
The Second Army is headquartered in the eastern province of Malatya and shoulders the responsibility of securing the nation’s Iraqi and Syrian borders, as well as eastern Turkey.
 
Özel and the other top soldiers visited the Second Army headquarters on Sept. 11 and were reportedly given a three-hour briefing by Second Army Cmdr. Gen. Galip Mendi. After the meeting, the generals returned to Ankara.
 
An announcement was placed on the TSK’s official website that said “the commanders had gone to Malatya to conduct inspections.”
 
Meanwhile, two soldiers were killed late Sept. 12 in an operation in Şemdinli against the PKK, while a police officer wounded during an earlier attack on a post died in hospital yesterday.
 
Sgt. Ferhat Kaplangiray was laid to rest in his hometown, the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, yesterday. A funeral for Cpl. Erol Erdi, who was killed in his first military operation, will be buried in the northwestern province of Balıkesir today.

September/14/2012

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Peter Kypros

9/14/2012 10:12:56 PM

@dogan kemal ileri Most Kurds do not like violence but if you ask them if they want their own country do you know their reply assuming their answer will not lead to prosecution? I think it is important to understand that. PKK seems to be the violent part of this desire. A political solution is what is needed. A military approach will never bring an end to these killings. .

Nikos T.

9/14/2012 7:56:55 PM

@Tamer, The "let's kill the killers" is totally out of control politics. Unless you are smiling when reading about victims.

Tamer Aslantas

9/14/2012 4:46:08 PM

@ Nikos T. For one time in your life just read what you write will ya?

Murat

9/14/2012 3:54:05 PM

There is NO ONE on the other side of the table! Shame on Kurdish leaders who are busy kissing Apo's feet and hugging gun toting terrorists rather than taking a stand.

Adam Polk

9/14/2012 11:49:00 AM

yes Nikos T. why pkk dont drop their guns and try to find solutions in political arena. they worry about Kurdish citizens wont back them up in elections.

dogan kemal ileri

9/14/2012 11:33:16 AM

Turkiye is stepping up the offensive against the PKK who are brutal terrorist murderers.and no amount of talking is going to stop their crusade other than stark military force.The overriding majority of Kurds living in Turkiye are for peace and condemn the PKK so other than serving foreign enemy interests who else are the PKK serving? Syria and Iran are behind the latest escalation of violence and they will get their payback sometime soon.

Nikos T.

9/14/2012 9:34:35 AM

Another bloodbath is coming. Instead of developing this to a large scale war why don't they sit down and discuss the issues with the other side? It's almost unbelievable how easily humans can become self-catastrophic.
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