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Clashes With Kurdish Rebels Devastate Turkish World Heritage Site

By Ayla Jean Yackley DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 14 – When the United Nations inscribed the Roman-era walls of this mainly Kurdish city on its World Heritage list last year, it crowned a decade of efforts to rehabilitate a war-torn region. Within weeks, a ceasefire with Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey shattered, unleashing some of the

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Turkey Blocks Investigations into Southeast Killings: Rights Group

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, July 11 – Turkey’s government is blocking access to independent investigations into alleged mass abuses against civilians in southeast Turkey, where security forces are fighting Kurdish militants, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Thousands of civilians have been caught up in fighting between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants and security

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Turkish Army Kills 23 Kurdish Militants in Clashes, Air Strike

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, April 17  – Turkey‘s armed forces killed 23 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters in the latest clashes in eastern Turkey, including three militants who died in an air strike, the general staff said on Saturday. Security sources said warplanes and attack helicopters fired on a mountainous, forested area in the eastern province of Tunceli after military drones

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Turkish Cabinet Meets in Strife-Torn Southeast as Fighting Rages

SANLIURFA, Turkey, April 11 – Fighting raged on Monday between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey as the cabinet held an unprecedented meeting on the edge of the restive region to discuss ways of rebuilding its shattered economy. The Turkish army said 39 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had

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Curfew Lifted in Area of Southeast Turkey, Security Tight for Festival

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 21 – Turkish authorities lifted a curfew imposed to fight Kurdish militants in an area of southeast Turkey’s largest city, Diyarbakir, on Monday but security was tight as Kurds celebrated the Newroz spring festival. NATO-member Turkey is on heightened alert after a series of bombings which have killed more than 80 people,

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Thirteen Killed as Turkish Forces Clash With Kurdish Militants

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 3 – Three Turkish soldiers and 10 Kurdish militants have been killed in two clashes in southeast Turkey, the army said on Thursday, the latest casualties in a revived conflict that has killed hundreds since the collapse of a ceasefire last summer. In the Dargecit district of Mardin province, near the Syrian

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Turkish Forces Kill 32 Kurdish Militants as Conflict Escalates

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 10 – Security forces killed 32 Kurdish militants in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast this weekend, the army and security sources said on Sunday, escalating a conflict reignited by the collapse of a two-year ceasefire last summer. It was one of the bloodiest weekends since the three-decades-old insurgency resumed last

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