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Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (August 8-15, 2007)

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ANKARA 002184

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PREL PGOV TU IZ
SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (August 8-15, 2007)

REF: ANKARA 2043 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 August 8-15, 2007, 16 security officials were wounded,
including one in a firefight with PKK terrorists. The remaining 15
were wounded in landmine explosions.

3. (U) From August 8-15, 2007, one PKK terrorist was killed, ten
were captured, and one surrendered.

4. (U) The TGS website reported one clash between security forces
and PKK terrorists in southeastern Turkey during the reporting
period. Security forces unearthed at least ten 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 August 10, a civilian was injured when a mine exploded on
a road in Hakkari Province.

6. (U) On August 13, PKK set a minibus on fire at a private rock
mine in Lice, Diyarbakir Province, and took away the cell phones of
workers.

7. (U) On August 13, the PKK set three privately-owned roadworking
machines on fire at a road construction site near Refahiye, Erzincan
Province.

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

CLASHES NUMBER

May 2007 40

June 2007 40

July 2007 15

August 1-7, 2007 5

August 8-15, 2007 1


CASUALTIES

Security Forces

May 2007 15 KIA, 52 WIA

June 2007 23 KIA, 51 WIA

July 2007 10 KIA, 14 WIA

August 1-7, 2007 7 KIA, 8 WIA

August 8-15, 2007 0 KIA, 16 WIA

PKK

May 2007 20 KIA, 31 captured, 3 surrendered

June 2007 34 KIA, 16 captured, 17 surrendered

July 2007 11 KIA, 10 captured,13 surrendered

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August 1-7, 2007 14 KIA, 3 captured, 0 surrendered

August 8-15, 2007 1 KIA, 10 captured, 1 surrendered

CACHES RECOVERED

May 2007 113

June 2007 50

July 2007 28

August 1-7, 2007 7

August 8-15, 2007 10

9. (U) Following are the cumulative casualty figures for 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 10 14

AUGUST 1-7, 2007 7 8

AUGUST 8-15, 2007 0 16

TOTAL 81 163


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 11 10 13

AUGUST 1-7, 2007 14 3 0

AUGUST 8-15, 2007 1 10 1

TOTAL 112 112 48

* Includes PKK suicide bomber in May 22 attack in Ankara

CIVILIANS
KIA WIA

JANUARY 0 0

FEBRUARY 1 0

MARCH 0 0


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APRIL 1 0

MAY 14* 108*

JUNE 1 1

JULY 1 3

AUGUST 1-7, 2007 1 (by the PKK) 0

AUGUST 8-15, 2007 0 1

TOTAL 19 115

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

MCELDOWNEY

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