Turkey attacks PKK: Turkey Offensive Kurds
Published: December 21, 2015
Turkey attacks PKK: Turkey Offensive Kurds, In southeast Turkey, government forces have killed about 110 militant Kurds in their latest offensive, now in its sixth day. The campaign complicates the region’s struggle against ISIL, which also counts the Kurds as one of their biggest enemies.
The Turkish government has mobilized tanks and 10,000 soldiers to fight the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), making it the largest offensive since a ceasefire abruptly ended back in July. According to Reuters, most of the fighting has taken place in two cities – Cizre and Silopi, which are near the border with Syria and Iraq.
In a speech to his supporters, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu assured the audience, “we will not get tired…”
“We will fight day and night until all mountains, cities, districts and neighborhoods of this country are cleansed of terror centers.”
Hundreds have taken to the streets in Istanbul and Diyarbakir, the largest city in the Turkey’s southeast, to protest the campaign, some shouting “long live Kurdistan.” The police have dispersed the crowds using tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons.
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