Twenty nine dead soldiers and police officers from the attacks of the PKK

Twenty nine dead soldiers and police officers from the attacks of the PKK

Ankara, September 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis


The situation in Turkey is explosive, with the tension between Turks and Kurds reaching dangerous levels.

Sixteen dead and 6 wounded is the outcome of the attack of the PKK, on Sunday evening, at a Turkish military convoy in the city Hakkari in Daglıca region, a few kilometers from northern Iraq.

On Tuesday 13 Turkish policemen were killed in another attack of the PKK in the city of Iğdır in southeastern Turkey.

On Monday night Recep Tayyip Erdogan called an extraordinary meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Chief of the Armed Forces Hulusi Akar to consider how to address the situation.

A day earlier, AKP members had attacked the offices of the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet, accusing it of not properly broadcasting the statements of Erdogan.

There are fears of an internal Turkish-Kurdish conflict, as news of the victims in southeastern Turkey arrive, the nationalism feelings are growing.

The leadership of the pro-Kurdish HDP is extremely concerned as the action of the PKK causes the wrath of Turkish citizens who consider it responsible for the situation.

A month ago, Erdogan had said that “there is no Kurdish problem” and he put an end to the peace talks for the Kurdish issue.

In 2011, when he was prime minister, he had started the peace process himself, resulting in the freezing of hostilities for about three years.

From June 7 to date, 90 Turkish officers and soldiers have lost their lives from the attacks of the PKK.