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Suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have launched a campaign of “reckless” attacks, Turkish President Abdullah Gül said today following deadly raids on Turkish troops in the eastern province of Hakkari, daily Hürriyet has reported.

"The terror organization has embarked on a reckless plan in Ramadan. Our security forces have begun fighting by taking precautionary measures to avoid giving any chances [to the PKK]," Gül wrote on his Twitter account. Gül also expressed condolences to the families of soldiers killed late last night.

Six soldiers and two village guards were killed in the eastern province late last night.

"Those who are resorting to violence should return from the wrong path they find themselves on," the president said.

Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay also noted his hopes of solving Turkey's terror problem during the term of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) while expressing his sadness over the incidents.

"Of course, we are sorry, but this is an ongoing battle," Atalay said. "You know our fight against terrorism as the government, as Republic of Turkey. We do not neglect anything in terms of security and give every kind of support and authority to the security forces in the fight against terrorism."

The government and security forces were continuing to fight against terrorism with determination, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said.

"Unfortunately, clashes are occasionally continuing in some regions of Hakkari's Şemdinli district. The PKK continues with its assaults and violence. Our soldiers are heroically fighting against [them]," Arınç said. “I send my condolences to Turkey and hope for patience for the families [of the dead soldiers].”

August/05/2012

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Drege Keruso

8/5/2012 11:15:15 PM

There is no negotiation with assault rifles and improvised explosives (PKK). How can negotiations have any sort of success whenever you have PKK assaulting Turkish military outposts every couple of days. I live amongst a heavy Kurdish population and they all protest like they are being mistreated so unfairly. I say lay down your arms and lay down your protest signs too.

Faruk Timuroglu

8/5/2012 10:44:53 PM

Just repeat the same discourse every time and continue crippling Turkish military.

Sifis Petac

8/5/2012 6:09:54 PM

When you have enormous and mountainous borders, it is too difficult to invigilate them in their entirety. The fact is that this war must stop as soon as possible. Many casualties has occured at both sides and a political solution should be found, against to the policy which says "no negotiation with terrorist".

Murat

8/5/2012 4:19:00 PM

How can they cross borders with such ease? How can all the technology and man power can not prevent this? Moving the borders down from hills to flats or a buffer region in Irak. Something will have to give.
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