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 25 Kurdish PKK rebels killed in Turkish air strike in Iraqi Kurdistan

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25 Kurdish PKK rebels killed in Turkish air strike in Iraqi Kurdistan  24.10.2008




October 24, 2008

ANKARA, Turkey, Twenty-five Kurdish PKK-rebels were killed and a number were wounded in a Turkish air strike last week targeting Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) hideouts in Kurdistan region "northern Iraq", an army spokesman said Friday.

The army received "corroborating reports from various intelligence sources that 25 terrorists were neutralised in the October 17 air raid," General Metin Gurak,
www.ekurd.net the head of the general staff's press department, told a news conference here.

Many rebels were also wounded in the strike targeting the mountainous region of Qandil, a major PKK stronghold near the border between Iraqi-Kurdistan and Turkey, added Gurak, who offered no estimates on the number of wounded.

A news agency close to the rebels had claimed at the time that four militants -- members of an Iranian Kurdish separatist PJAK organisation linked to the PKK -- had been killed in the raid.

A further 17 PKK rebels were killed in security operations inside Turkey in the past week, Gurak said.

Violence in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast has escalated after an October 3 PKK attack on a Turkish military outpost on the Iraqi Kurdistan border which killed 17 Turkish soldiers.

Since then, Turkish planes have launched several attacks on rebel bases in Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Earlier this month,
www.ekurd.net Turkey's parliament also extended by one year the government's mandate to order cross-border military strikes against the PKK in northern Iraq, which has been in effect since October 17, 2007.

Last week, Kurds demonstrating in support of jailed PKK-rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan clashed with Turkish police in Istanbul and other Turkish cities following allegations of his mistreatment in prison.

Dozens of people were detained in two cities in the largely Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey (Turkey Kurdistan).              

Turkish warplanes bombed the bases of the Turkey's separatist Kurdish PKK rebels in Iraqi Kurdistan region, the PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas, the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.


A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
In Diyarbakir, the largest city in the region, more than 5,000 slogan-chanting demonstrators protested. Police did not initially react but charged when they were attacked with stones. Several dozen people were detained.

One Kurdish protestor was killed Monday during a rally organized by the DTP after clashes erupted between Turkish police protestors in the Dogubeyazit district of Agri province.

Over 39,000 Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas have been killed since 1984 when the Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) took up arms for self-rule in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey (Turkey-Kurdistan). A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas,
the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.

The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union,
but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

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** Kurds are not recognized as an official minority in Turkey and are denied rights granted to other minority groups. Under EU pressure, Turkey recently granted Kurds limited rights for broadcasts and education in the Kurdish language, but critics say the measures do not go far enough.

The use of the term "Kurdistan" is vigorously rejected due to its alleged political implications by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize the existence of a "Turkish Kurdistan" Southeast Turkey.

Others estimate over 40 million Kurds live in Big Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Armenia), which covers an area as big as France, about half of all Kurds which estimate to 20 million live in Turkey.

Turkey is home to 25 million ethnic Kurds, a large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK for a Kurdish homeland in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.

Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish language, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003

The Kurdish flag flown officially in Iraqi Kurdistan but unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia. The flag is banned in Iran, Syria, and Turkey where flying it is a criminal offence" 

Southeastern Turkey: North Kurdistan ( Kurdistan-Turkey) wikipedia    

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