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PKK claims responsibility for deadly ambush of Turkish forces  19.8.2011    



August 19, 2011

QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Turkey-Iraqi Kurdistan frontier, — The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for killing 14 Turkish soldiers in an ambush of Turkish forces in Hakari, south east Turkey.

A statement by the PKK, carried by the pro-Kurdish Firat News Agency (FNA), said: "The operation that targeted a Turkish military convoy on Wednesday in Cukuca town, Hakari, was carried out by the party's (PKK) fighters"

"The operation left 14 Turkish soldiers dead, among them three commanders. 15 other soldiers were injured," the statement read.

The Turkish military command reported only eight deaths among the Turkish troops and one village guard (pro-government militia).       

The PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million.
On Wednesday night Turkish fighter jets crossed into Iraqi Kurdistan to bomb the bases of the PKK that are located just across the border.

Since it was established in 1984, the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country,www.ekurd.netsparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

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.

The PKK is considered as '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.  
 

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