Kurdish separatism in Turkey
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has killed a bus driver who attempted to avoid an illegal checkpoint it had set up in the eastern province of Erzurum.
Unidentified PKK militants intercepted a road between Erzurum's De?irmenlidere and Ak?ar districts at around 7 a.m. on Aug. 17 and stopped a passenger bus traveling from the northeastern province of Ardahan to Istanbul.
A curfew has been declared in the Varto district of eastern Mu? province over clashes with outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) militants.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Mu? Governor Vedat Büyükersoy said the governorate declared a curfew starting from 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 16 until further notice in order to provide security.
A Turkish man suspected of murdering three Kurdish women in Paris in 2013 is to face trial amid renewed violence in Turkey's southeast.
According to a French judicial source, the charge against the main suspect in the case, 33-year-old Ömer Güney, will be "assassination in connection with a terrorist organization," as requested by an investigating magistrate in July.
The Turkish Republic, just like the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago, is heading into its longest year. It?s such an irony that the more things change, the more they practically stay the same. Turkey?s president wants to ignore a highly popular election result and start all over again, and reformists and the secular opposition parties are too shy and too incapable of changing the dynamics.
One soldier was killed on Aug. 13 after stepping on a mine laid by outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) militants in the eastern province of Bingöl.
Clashes erupted in Bingöl?s Genç district between security forces and PKK militants, during which the soldier stepped on the mine. He was rushed to the Bingöl State Hospital but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Even though the eastern province of A?r?'s governorate stated three members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) had been killed in clashes after PKK members staged an attack on the Gendarmerie Command in the province's Diyadin district, the mayor of the district has claimed two of the dead were actually underage civilians who had nothing to do with the outlawed organization.