Turkish soldier hurt in Sept. bombing dies in hospital. PKK rocket attack kills Turkish soldier in Silvan. AK Party politician killed by PKK in Dicle. Turkey pays the price for its location, says PM.
The PKK ( "Workers' Party of Kurdistan") is categorized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. The group resumed its thirty-year long armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.
Since then, the PKK terrorist attacks killed over 800 members of Turkish security forces. They have also killed more than 350 civilians, including one hundred children. At least 8200 PKK terrorists were killed in army operations during the same period.
Police forces and the Turkish army launched attacks against positions of the separatist terrorist organization PKK and pursue its armed members in the south and southeast of the country and in northern Iraq in response to terrorist attacks by the organization within Turkey, which target civilians and members of security forces.
Turkish soldier hurt in September bombing dies in hospital
Emre Saçlı - MANİSA, Tutku Şenen - Ankara - Turkey (AA) – A Turkish soldier wounded in a PKK bomb attack 10 days ago died in an Ankara hospital on Monday.
Specialist sergeant Süleyman Gür was hurt in a roadside bomb blast which also martyred two village guards on the Şirnak-Cizre highway in southeastern Turkey on Sept. 30.
According to military sources speaking on condition of anonymity, Gür was initially taken to Şırnak State Hospital then transferred to Gülhane Training and Research Hospital in the Turkish capital.
Gür’s body will be taken to his hometown in Turkey's western province of Manisa.
PKK rocket attack kills Turkish soldier in Silvan
Yusuf Batı - Ömer Yasin Ergin - Diyarbakır, Tutku Şenen - Ankara - Turkey (AA) – A PKK rocket attack on a Turkish military base martyred one soldier and injured six others Monday, according to security sources.
PKK terrorists fired on the facility in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır's Silvan district said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
The wounded soldiers were taken to Diyarbakır’s Selahaddin Eyyubi State Hospital.
An operation was launched in the area to apprehend the terrorists.
AK Party politician killed by PKK in Dicle
Sema Kaplan - DİYARBAKIR – Fatma Bülbül - ANKARA - (AA) - A ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party politician was killed by PKK terrorists in the Dicle district of southeastern Diyarbakır province Monday night, according to security sources.
The sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media said PKK terrorists opened fire on Deryan Aktert, AK Party's district chairman in Dicle while he was at his workplace.
An investigation was launched to hunt the terrorists after the attack.
Turkey pays the price for its location, says PM
Handan Kazancı - ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Monday that the ongoing tension around the region has affected Turkey so because of its geopolitical importance.
Addressing students and staff during an award ceremony at Istanbul Technical University, Yildirim said that Turkey’s fight against the PKK as well as Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and Daesh was still ongoing.
“In a sense, Turkey has been paying the price of its geographical location,” he said.
Yildirim said that the Anatolian lands were a zone where civilizations had met and clashed intermittently throughout history.
“Especially, in the recent years, the instability that occurred near our southern [border] in Iraq and Syria has affected Turkey,” he said.
Turkey’s border with Syria and Iraq has been a source of worry and agitation since the civil war in Syria erupted in 2011 and later Daesh took control of large swathes of territory of both countries.
Last December, Turkey sent some 150 troops and about two dozens combat tanks to Camp Bashiqa, located some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of the Daesh-held city of Mosul.
The deployment – which was criticized at the time by Baghdad – was aimed at protecting Turkish military personnel tasked with training Iraqi volunteers to fight Daesh.
Last week, the Iraqi parliament described Turkish troops training Iraqi forces against Daesh as “hostile occupying forces”. Both Ankara and Baghdad summoned the other's ambassadors.
Yildirim added that while “some countries which have no physical bonds or ties of affection with the region can operate there,” the involvement of Turkey, a country that pays the biggest price, has created a dispute".
Yildirim appeared to be referring to the U.S.-led coalition forces fighting against Daesh.
Turkey has every right to take measures to ensure its border security and protect its citizens, Yildirim said.
Turkey launched Operation "Euphrates Shield" on Aug. 24, which is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces, and eliminating the threat posed by terrorist organizations, especially Daesh.
Edited by Ümit Dönmez & Declan McVeigh & Yannick Demoustier & Sema Kaplan