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Turkey's Kurdish policy, the PKK and growing tensions between Turkey and Syria
The Kurdish Globe ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | Mehmed Sabri Akgonul

Posted on 05/28/2012 11:23:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

The outdated policies implemented by states in the Middle East, including Turkey, are no longer applicable.

Heavy clashes have intensified between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Turkish military forces. Wide-ranging operations have increased across the mountainous terrain of north Kurdistan...

Last week, the PKK kidnapped Veysel Celik, who has served as the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) district official in Diyarbakir's Kulp district, and abducted 6 village guards ("korucu" in Turkish), who are Kurdish militias armed by the Turkish state to fight against the PKK guerillas. Nureddin Sofi explained that these kinds of activities will continue...

Moreover, details of the conflict which took place in Turkey's Hatay province, near the Syrian border, where three Turkish soldiers were killed and four others were wounded on May 17th are coming to light. Hatay is a region that Syria claims for itself and lies just inside the Turkish borders of today...

PKK had staged an attack on the Turkish military unity in Hatay's Iskenderun district, on April 15th, injuring two Turkish soldiers. In recent times, the Turkish military forces have intensified operations in that region while the Turkish state authorities have insisted that there was not dangerous situation for Turkey. In addition, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Amanos Mountains was "cleaned" by the Turkish security forces in middle of April 2012. However, the series of clashes and casualties of Turkish soldiers contradict Arinc's statement...

The Kurdish issue has now an international character and is increasingly seen as a question of sovereignty or a national-political question. Turkish state encodes the main character of the Kurdish question incorrectly and degrades it to the paradigm of security, just as it has done in the past. Turkey's unchanging attitude indicates that the Kurdish issue will encounter a bloody and heated summer.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; kurdistan; pkk; syria; turkey; waronterror
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Turkey's Kurdish policy, the PKK and growing tensions between Turkey and Syria

1 posted on 05/28/2012 11:23:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

One more Kurdistan ping, and I’m goin’ for the day.

2 posted on 05/28/2012 11:24:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time --
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Kurdish problems for the Turks??
I am shocked. When did this EVER start??

OLD news, yet again.

3 posted on 05/28/2012 11:32:27 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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4 posted on 05/28/2012 12:08:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time --
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