Cukurca district has long been in the news for PKK attacks, but the recent Natural Sports Festival has painted a very different picture of the district.
The district governor has launched agricultural, tourist and sports-related initiatives in an attempt to revive the area after multiple attacks by the PKK.
Navigating threats and tensions caused by the presence of the PKK in Cukurca is not an easy task, but its governor Temel Ayca has earned a lot of praise for developing the region.
A low-key AK Party candidate won the recent local election in Cukurca, a border district in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish-populated region.
The southeastern district neighbouring both Iran and Iraq was affected by the PKK’s armed campaign for about three decades. But now the city is hosting its first ever film festival, a sign of it moving toward peace and normalcy.
The PKK was behind the attack which killed a Turkish soldier's wife and child in the southeastern province of Hakkari, local officials said.
Turkish government adds up new roads, constructs new houses and builds an airport in order to cherish terror-struck southeastern city of Hakkari.
Turkish military said three top PKK leaders were among 60 killed during anti-terror operations in the east and southeastern Turkey.
The PKK killed two soldiers in an attack in Sirnak on Friday. Five other soldiers were killed and five injured during ongoing operations in Sirnak, Hakkari, Diyarbakir, Batman, Mardin and Bitlislast provinces.
Turkey's new military base overlooking the borders of Turkey, Iraq and Iran is aimed at stopping PKK infiltration and weapons smuggling through mountain passes.
Two Turkish soldiers also died during the air and land operations against PKK targets in Hakkari province.
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