Article out on rise in PKK attacks…
ISTANBUL-I have a new article out on the rise in PKK attacks in southeast Turkey.
The Turkish government today launched a major offensive after 12 Turkish soldiers were killed in PKK attacks over the weekend.
Today, many Turks are wondering what the PKK is hoping to achieve by ending the cease-fire and returning to war.
“How can we negotiate with the PKK? Can the U.S. negotiate with al-Qaida?” asked a 28-year-old female AKP supporter in Istanbul who did not wish to be identified. “We offer the Kurds one thing, and they want more.”
Hundreds of supporters of the Turkish military establishment, which upholds the secularist and nationalist traditions of modern Turkey’s founder, Kemal Ataturk, held a rally against terrorism Sunday, marching down Istanbul’s central Istiklal Avenue waving Turkish flags and demanding that the AKP intensify the fight against the Kurdish rebels.
“Turkey loses many young people to terrorism,” said Saygin Sual, a 23-year-old student with an Ataturk tattoo across his forearm. “They were killed in action. We need to show our rage against terrorism. The attitude of the government, Erdogan and his team, they do not act against terrorism.”
While the PKK has failed to achieve many of its primary objectives, it has continued its fight over the years because it believes it is gradually winning concessions from the Turkish government.