Kurdish rebels 'kill 24 Turkish soldiers'

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    Kurdish rebels 'kill 24 Turkish soldiers'


    At least 24 Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels at several police and army posts in south-east Turkey, reports say.


    Governor Muammer Turker confirmed the attacks in the mainly Kurdish province of Hakkari, the Associated Press said.


    The attacks come a day after a blast in the southeast Bitlis province killed five police officers and three others.


    The area, where ethnic Kurds make up a majority, has recently seen a spike in violence by Kurdish rebels.


    Turkey has responded with a police crackdown on suspected rebel sympathisers and air strikes on Kurdish sites in northern Iraq.


    Rebels are seeking greater autonomy in the country's Kurdish-dominated south-east, and have killed dozens of members of the country's security forces, and at least 17 civilians, since mid-July.


    Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict since 1984.
     
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    Barzani said he rushed to Ankara to offer the condolences of the Kurdish regional government to Turkey. Stating that they believe that such attacks do not serve the interests of either the Turkish or Kurdish people, he said such attacks should not damage Kurdish-Turkish relations. Stating that bilateral meetings with Turkish officials will be held more often, Barazani underscored that the regional administration's cooperation with Turkey will expand in many areas.

    Kurdish official rushes to Ankara to pledge cooperation on counterterrorism
     
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    Expand like Armenia?
     
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    What's your opinion about this, Ekrem? I know what mine is: anybody in any position of power among the Kurds was once either a PKK or supported them in some way. Therefore I do not fully trust them.
     
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    The operations happen with consent of both Baghdad and Erbil.

    "The Turkish government has an acceptance agreement with the Iraqi government to allow for such "hot pursuit" operations, and earlier this month the country's parliament renewed the Turkish military's mandate to conduct ground incursions into Iraq."
    english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/10/201110196353373230.html

    What they call the KRG in Iraq is split into 2 administration zones, one ruled by Talabani clan (PUK) and the other ruled by Barzani clan (KDP). Both are egocentric tribal factions who fought each other during the 90's.
    Iraqi Kurdish Civil War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Turkey mainly supported Barzani clan and KDP irregulars (what they call Peshmerga) carried out operations together with Turkey against PKK and PUK (Talabani).

    In 1998 the PKK's leader was captured in Kenia, and in 1999 the PKK declared an unilateral "ceasefire".
    With the US's invasion of Iraq, Turkey lost the initiative on Turkey's southern border and under a de-facto security umbrella with lots of weapons floating within Iraq the PKK began to attack again in 2004.

    Now the US is withdrawing, and Turkey has several interests in Iraq, mainly security and economy related. We only have 1 border-gate with Iraq, and Iraq was under UN sanctions for 1 decade and the border-region is underdeveloped in economical terms.
    So we'll open 4 more border-gates and will build a railway line through the border.
    Yeni sınır kapıları geliyor - cnnturk.com
    Together with all the pipeline stuff. So the PKK is an obstacle to further integration as it operates in this region.
     
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    The end game isn't going to be the one you want.
     
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    Thank you. I always like to hear the truth from people who are close to the situation.

    I just finished reading how Apo is trying to stay relevant, from his island prison:

    Ocalan can convince PKK to disarm, Lawyer says
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Did you just comment on US's invasion of Iraq?
     

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