Turkish air strikes kill 13 Kurdish militants

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Fri Nov 9, 2012 3:44am EST

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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish air force jets and attack helicopters pounded Kurdish militants along the border with Iraq on Thursday, killing 13, the local governor's office and security sources said on Friday.

The attack was launched after a drone identified a group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants on the second day of operations in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari, bordering Iraq and Iran, the Hakkari governor's office said.

Following a tip-off, one PKK fighter was also killed in a clash on the Habesti plateau on Thursday, the statement said. One Turkish soldier was killed in subsequent clashes.

There was an upsurge in PKK attacks in southeast Turkey during the summer, notably in the Hakkari region.

Ankara has linked the increased violence to the chaos in neighboring Syria, accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of resuming support for the PKK and arming the militants.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which launched its insurgency in 1984 with the aim of carving out a separate state in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.

(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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timacheson wrote:
When an official enemy (Saddam Hussein) did this, it was “murdering his own people”. When an official ally like Turkey does this, it is fighting a “terrorist group”.

Nov 09, 2012 4:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
kandinskiy wrote:
the state of Turkey has been opprresing kurdish people since 1979. The state killed more than 40.000 civilians which was also renounced by a nobel laurate, Orhan Pamuk. Turkish army perpetrates genocide in Kurdistan in front of the eyes of the World. Furthermore the army uses chemical and biological gases just as Hitler used it against Jewish people. This fascistic oriented country does not deserve to enter The EU. The EU must force Turkey to become more democratic and respectful toward its Kurdish People and other minorities like christians, jewish and many other. Because, those minorities feel anxiety and fear neo-Ottoman nationalist aspirations of Erdoğan Government, the ruling Party AKP.

Nov 09, 2012 5:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
JasonK3 wrote:
Turkey has been opressing Kurds much….much much before 1979. I hope everyone understands American hypocracy. They constantly talk about democracy and freedom and yet they support a rouge state with billions of dollar,tanks, warplanes, and drones to suppress and kill Kurdish people day in and day out. Imagine, you are a Kurdish kid in school and you are told everyday to say “I am a turk” and pledge alliegence to Ataturk. No one understands the misery that Kurdish people have to live under the Turkish rule like the Kurds themselves. It is not fair that America is supporting terrorism. Nothing, no tanks, no warplanes, no 21st century American technology will ever stop Kurdish people in their struggle for freedom from rouge states.

Nov 09, 2012 3:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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