Kurdish War: July 10, 2004


Turkey estimates that about 1,500 Kongra Gel (PKK, after a name change) Kurdish separatists have moved from northern Iraq into Turkey in the six weeks since the Kurdish group ended their 1999 unilateral ceasefire. The increase of terrorist violence by Kongra Gel  is not popular with Kurds in eastern Turkey. In the past year, the Turkish government has relaxed laws on the use of the Kurdish language and the practice of Kurdish customs. Northern Iraq has turned into an autonomous Kurdish province and is prospering. For most Kurds, times are good, and Kongra Gel's idea of violent revolution does not seem likely to make things better. The Turkish army believes that the Kongra Gel army is falling apart, with many fighters joining the Kurdish militias of northern Iraq, and going legit. 


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