Kurd clashes with Turkish army escalate

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Series Details 6.8.12
Publication Date 06/08/2012
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Article reports of clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish separatists in south-east Turkey which escalated in August 2012 leaving 22 people dead and more than 15 wounded.

Turkish officials confirmed that the clashes began after a group of around 200 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ party, or PKK, crossed into Turkey from northern Iraq

The PKK is classified as a terrorist organisation by the EU and the US.

It launched a guerrilla campaign in 1984 for an ethnic homeland in the Kurdish heartland in the south-east of Turkey.

It has now dropped its claim to an independent Kurdish state, but says it is fighting for autonomy and the cultural rights of the Kurdish people.

Related Links
ESO: Background information: Turkey vows revenge for Kurdish attacks http://www.europeansources.info/record/turkey-vows-revenge-for-kurdish-attacks/
Wikipedia: Iraqi Turkmens http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkomans_of_Iraq
Website: Turkmen International Homepage http://www.turkmens.com/
BBC News, 5.8.12: Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels 'killed in clashes' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19134339
BBC News, 10.8.12: Will Syria's Kurds benefit from the crisis? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19197169
BBC News, 12.8.12: Kurdish MP in Turkey abducted 'by PKK' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19234765

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