12, 2008: Turkish Kurds found a friend in the Turkish court's decision in favor
of the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party). In recent elections the AKP
sought Kurdish votes and got them. Infrastructure development in southeastern
Turkey was one of the AKP's promises. Now Turkish pollsters report an
increasing number of Kurds divided on so-called "Kurdish issues," based on
whether or not they support the Democratic Society Party (DTP), a "pro-Kurd"
political party. This may not be such a head scratcher - the DTP portrays
itself as an ethnic advocate. However, Kurds who don't support the DTP tend to
hold more "Turkish nationalist" views and downplay the "Kurdish problem" that
PKK radicals say only Kurdish separatism will resolve.
September 11, 2008: The Turkish military has told media
that the PKK is launching more attacks on civilians and local security
personnel (ie, village guards). The Turkish military believes that the PKK is
going after "softer" targets using only a handful of fighters because its
ability to operate in larger numbers has been reduced. In this light, the PKK
action on September 1 rates as a rather large-scale operation, with 20 PKK guerrillas
involved in the attack and firefight. Turkish attacks on base areas in Iraq are
one reason the PKK is having a tougher time supplying fighters and organizing
larger attacks. Another reason? More
"intelligence sharing" between the US and Turkey - which means sharing among
the US, Turkey and Iraq.
2008: PKK fighters killed three village guards in Hakkari province near the
village of Cubuklu.
2008: Turkish forces killed three PKK rebels in two firefights, one in Sirnak
province the other in Hakkari province (southeastern Turkey).
2008: PKK rebels attacked a military post in Bingol province. The PKK group
used automatic weapons and "rockets" (likely rocket-propelled grenades) in the
attack. Approximately 20 PKK guerrillas participated in the attack. Four
Turkish security troops and two PKK rebels died in the firefight.
2008: Turkish security forces killed two PKK rebels near the town of Mutki
2008: In a series of firefights in southeastern Turkey, aoksuwea and
paramilitary police killed 14 PKK rebels. The PKK also reportedly killed three
2008: Turkish police arrested five people suspected of involvement in a terror
bomb attack in the town of Konak. 16 people were injured in the bomb blast.