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Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (July 16-23, 2007)

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TAGS: PTER PREL PGOV TU IZ
SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (July 16-23, 2007)

REF: ANKARA 1840 and previous

(U) Sensitive but unclassified - please protect accordingly.

1. (SBU) This is another in a series of periodic reports on PKK
violence in Turkey. Our primary sources for these reports are
mainstream Turkish press services, such as the Anatolian News
Agency, and international wire services. While these are more
reliable than most Turkish press sources, they are not necessarily
unimpeachable. A major source is the Turkish General Staff (TGS)
website which documents contacts/clashes with the PKK. Press
services sympathetic to the PKK, such as Neu-Isenburg People's
Defense Forces and Firat News Agency, tend to report higher numbers
of the Turkish Security Forces casualties and are often otherwise
unreliable.

2. (U) From July 16-23, 2007, four security officials were killed,
including two killed in action (KIA) and two in IED explosions. Six
security officials were wounded in action (WIA) due to an IED
explosion.

3. (U) During this same period, three PKK terrorists were killed in
action, seven were captured, and three surrendered.

4. (U) The TGS website reported two clashes between security forces
and PKK terrorists in southeastern Turkey during the reporting
period. Security forces unearthed at least seven PKK shelters/caves
and seized booby-trapped land mines; other explosives, including A-4
and TNT; Kalashnikov rifles; cartridges; hand grenades; pistols;
night vision binoculars; TV sets; satellite antennas; and radios.

5. (U) On July 17, a group of PKKers raided a marble mine in Hani,
Diyarbakir Province and took cell phones and other belongings of the
workers.

6. (U) On July 23, a civilian was injured when ammunition belonging
to the PKK and abandoned in a field in Guclukonak, Sirnak Province,
was accidentally detonated.

7. (U) Activity as reported by TGS website:

CLASHES NUMBER

May 2007 40

June 2007 40

July 1-7, 2007 5

July 8-16, 2007 3

July 16-23, 2007 2

CASUALTIES

Security Forces

May 2007 15 KIA, 52 WIA

June 2007 23 KIA, 51 WIA

July 1-7, 2007 1 KIA, 4 WIA

July 8-16, 2007 3 KIA, 0 WIA

July 16-23, 2007 4 KIA, 6 WIA

PKK

May 2007 20 KIA, 31 captured, 3 surrendered

June 2007 34 KIA, 16 captured, 17 surrendered

July 1-7, 2007 3 KIA, 0 captured, 0 surrendered

July 8-16, 2007 3 KIA, 3 captured, 4 surrendered


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July 16-23, 2007 3 KIA, 7 captured, 3 surrendered


CACHES RECOVERED

May 2007 113

June 2007 50

July 1-7, 2007 13

July 8-16, 2007 8

July 16-23, 2007 2


8. (U) Following are the casualty figures for the 2007.

TURKISH SECURITY FORCES
KIA WIA

JANUARY 1 2

FEBRUARY 1 0

MARCH 5 4

APRIL 18 16

MAY 15 42

JUNE 24 51

July 1-7, 2007 1 4

July 8-16, 2007 3 0

July 16-23, 2007 4 6

TOTAL 72 135


PKK
KIA Captured Surrendered

JANUARY 0 5 3

FEBRUARY 0 14 0

MARCH 16 15 7

APRIL 16 8 4

MAY 20* 31 3

JUNE 34 16 17

July 1-7, 2007 3 0 0

July 8-16, 2007 3 3 4

July 16-23, 2007 3 7 3

TOTAL 95 99 41

* Includes PKK suicide bomber from May 22 attack in Ankara

CIVILIANS
KIA WIA

JANUARY 0 0

FEBRUARY 1 0

MARCH 0 0

APRIL 1 0

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MAY 14* 108*

JUNE 1 1

July 1-7, 2007 0 0

July 8-16, 2007 0 1

July 16-23, 2007 0 1

TOTAL 17 111

* Includes 9 KIA and 100 WIA from May 22 Ankara bombing.

WILSON

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