Turkish jets strike Kurdish PKK rebels
hideouts in Iraqi Kurdistan
By Ekurd.net staff writers
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. •
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July 2, 2012
ANKARA, — Turkish warplanes have struck
three locations in Iraq's Kurdistan region, believed
to be Kurdish rebel hideouts, the army said in a
The army command said it hit "three shelters
belonging to the separatist terrorist organisation,"
referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
rebels, after exploratory flights located the
hideouts on June 26-30.
The jets safely returned to their bases in Turkey,
the statement added, without indicating when the air
The strike is the third since a rebel
attack on an army outpost near the
Iraqi Kurdish border last month killed eight Turkish
soldiers and wounded another 19. Local officials
said around 20 rebels were killed in the attack.
The bombings of rebel bases come amid government
efforts to soften tensions with the Kurdish
minority, but a recent spike in PKK violence in the
southeast may force the government to keep up
military action, according to analysts.
The army statement came as an Istanbul court on
Monday began a high-profile trial of some 200
suspects alleged to be linked to the Union of
Kurdistan Communities, which authorities say is a
wing of the PKK.
In October 2011, Turkey launched a major air and
against the rebels in the southeast of the country
and in neighbouring northern Iraq after 24 of its
troops were killed in a night-time ambush by rebels.
In December 2011, Turkish air strikes
Kurdish civilians near the Iraqi Kurdistan border in
an attack which the government said had been a
as commanders had mistaken them
for PKK fighters.
The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem,
Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.
Since it was established in 1984, the 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, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
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
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
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara and 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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