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Cablegate: Turkish Military Establishes Temporary Security

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DE RUEHAK #1441 1581445
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P 071445Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
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UNCLAS ANKARA 001441

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MOPS PTER TU
SUBJECT: TURKISH MILITARY ESTABLISHES TEMPORARY SECURITY
ZONES IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY

REF: DIA IIR 6 898 0362 07

1. (U) The Turkish General Staff (TGS) website on June 7
posted the coordinates of four areas within the southeastern
provinces of Siirt, Sirnak and Hakkari that will be
designated as Temporary Security Zones for the purposes of
military operations. Entry into and exit from these zones
will be restricted from June 9 until September 9, 2007.
By definition, they are created around areas where military
operations are occurring and restrict entry to these areas by
land, air and sea. According to TGS and Foreign Ministry
contacts, Temporary Security Zones have been established in
the past around areas of military operations against the PKK.


2. (SBU) The security zones do not cover any of the provinces
in their entirety. Based on the coordinates, the areas
appear to be sparsely-populated remote mountainous regions or
valleys, several of which have been the location of
significant clashes with the PKK terrorist organization.
Only a single point of one of the four zones abuts the border
with Iraq. The zones range in size from approximately 10 to
35 kilometers in width and 5 to 25 kilometers in length. The
Habur Gate border crossing and the primary truck route
leading to the border are not included in the zone. Checks
with US military personnel responsible for Habur operations
confirm business as usual at the crossing.

3. (SBU) TGS has indicated that it will issue a Notice to
Airmen (NOTAM) that will restrict some airspace along the
Turkey-Iraq border but we do not expect this to impact on
civilian or Coalition aircraft transiting Turkey from Iraq.
We are checking with the Foreign Ministry for further
specifics on the security zones and their possible impact on
our movements in those provinces, and will forward any
information that becomes available.

4. (U) Following are the specific geocoordinates listed on
the TGS website:

Zone 1: 3726N/04222E; 3723N/04220E; 3719N/04243E;
3723N/04243E; 3723N/04230E ;3720N/04234E; 3720N/04225E

Zone 2: 3746N/04230E; 3739N/04230E; 3733N/04230E;
3732N/04256E; 3739N/04255E; 3740N/04246E; 3747N/04241E

Zone 3: 3720N/04409E; 3723N/04414E; 3718N/04419E; 3716N/04417E

Zone 4: 3738N/04200E; 3730N/04200E; 3730N/04212E;
3734N/04213E; 3733N/04202E

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