Turkish commandos move residential area to fight against PKK

Commando brigades move to southeast and east of Turkey to fight against terror attacks by outlawed PKK in residential areas

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish commandos conduct military drill in northern Bolu province

Updated Aug 25, 2015

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) announced on Monday that commando brigades that are specialised to fight in residential areas are moving to southeastern and eastern Turkey, aiming to fight against the outlawed PKK, which has been launchıng terror attacks in heavily populated areas.

The TAF withdrew the brigades to the central Kayseri province and northern Bolu province in Dec. 2012 when the “peace process” was launched by the Turkish government.

In 2012, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) led by then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the “peace process” to end the conflict with the PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s by its now-incarcerated leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The “peace process” provided a truce that continued for more than two years.

Immediately following Turkey’s general election on June 7, the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), the PKK’s umbrella organisation, issued a statement on July 11 declaring that its truce with the Turkish government has ended and threatened Turkey with further attacks.

On July 12, PKK terrorists killed a municipality worker in Turkey’s northeastern province of Ardahan over a plea to prevent workers from fixing a water supply line which was sabotaged by the militants.

The day earlier the PKK broke the ceasefire. Since then 61 Turkish security officers and seven civilians have been killed in terror attacks. Only one soldier among the 61 was killed by ISIS while the rest were killed by PKK terrorists.

The TAF stated that the Turkish commandos that were expected to be over six battalions will be moved to the area in this week.

The outlawed PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in Turkey’s southeastern provinces, since the early 1980s.

The group, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO, the US and EU, was founded by Abdullah Ocalan, who was captured in Kenya in 1999 and has been imprisoned since.

More than 40,000 people have lost their lives during 30 years of armed conflict between PKK and the Turkish government.

TRTWorld and agencies