January 7, 2001 |
About 10,000 Turkish troops have crossed into northern Iraq and are preparing to battle Kurdish rebels, officials and reports said Saturday. The troops were stationed near the city of Sulaymaniyah, more than 100 miles into Iraqi territory, Turkey's daily Hurriyet said. Hurriyet and Belgium-based Kurdish Medya TV said the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or PUK, which controls the area around Sulaymaniyah, had asked Turkey to send troops to help fight Kurdish rebels in the region.
January 5, 2001 |
An outlawed leftist group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Istanbul police station that killed a police officer and warned that it was ready to strike again. In a statement faxed to the Associated Press, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front said group member Guntekin Koc, 23, detonated bombs in the police station's cafeteria Wednesday, killing himself and a policeman and injuring seven others.
November 29, 2000 |
The head of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency, or MIN, said in remarks published Tuesday that it would be against Turkish interests to hang Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan, who was sentenced to death last year for treason. In an unprecedented briefing with selected national newspapers, Senkal Atasagun also said he is in favor of ending a ban on Kurdish-language broadcasting and of setting up a state-controlled television channel in Kurdish.
April 2, 2000 |
At least 1,000 Turkish soldiers crossed into northern Iraq, apparently starting their yearly spring campaign against Kurdish rebel hide-outs there, military sources said Saturday. Over the last three days, soldiers have gone three miles into Iraqi territory from the provinces of Hakkari and Sirnak in southeastern Turkey, sources said.
January 24, 2000 |
Police dug up six bodies near a militant Kurdish Islamic group's hide-out in southern Turkey, raising to 31 the number of corpses uncovered recently of people believed killed by the militants. The latest grisly find came in a field near Tarsus, 235 miles southeast of the capital, Ankara. In previous days, police found 25 bodies buried on the grounds of four houses in Ankara, Istanbul and Konya.
January 14, 2000 |
"Happy is he who is a Turk," the nationalist slogan etched across bleak hillsides and grim police stations in this largely Kurdish province, is being replaced by a more inclusive motto: "This country belongs to us all." Buoyed by military successes against Kurdish separatists and the capture last year of their elusive leader, Abdullah Ocalan, the Turkish government has launched a campaign to win the hearts and minds of the country's alienated Kurdish minority.