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 Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebel targets in Iraq's Kurdistan

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Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebel targets in Iraq's Kurdistan  16.8.2012  







 
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 region [Northern Kurdistan],
the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms. Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority and still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds. A large Turkey's Kurdish community, numbering more than 20 million, openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
 
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August 16, 2012

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Turkish warplanes bombed areas of Iraqi Kurdistan in a bid to target rear bases of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) overnight into Thursday, a spokesman for the rebel group said.

"Turkish warplanes struck around midnight against several areas in the Kurdish Iraqi area," Haval Roz told AFP.

"Four warplanes took part, and did not cause any casualties but damaged farms and orchards," he said. "It started at 11:30 pm (2030 GMT) and continued until 12:10 am."

Roz said the bombings were near the villages of Laji, Khenera and Boskan, all in the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq were the PKK maintains rear bases.

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.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous 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.

The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

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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