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

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ANKARA 002608

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

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

REF: ANKARA 2521 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 source is the Turkish General Staff
(TGS) website, which documents military contacts/clashes with the
PKK as well as casualties incurred. TGS does not account for police
casualties and Ministry of Interior casualty data is not made
public. As a result, actual numbers for total Turkish law
enforcement casualties are higher than the figures in this cable.

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) During the October 8-15, 2007 reporting period, two GOT
security officials were killed and three were injured in explosions.


3. (U) In the same period, the body of a PKK terrorist was found
dead and seven PKKers were captured, including four who
surrendered.

4. (U) The TGS website reported one clash between security forces
and PKK terrorists in Turkey's southeastern region during the
reporting period. Security forces discovered at least nine PKK
shelters/caves/caches 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. During the week, security forces detected 14 PKK explosive
devices in SE Turkey. Several were detonated in controlled
explosions before they could cause damage/casualties.

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

CLASHES (NUMBER)

May 2007, 40

June 2007, 40

July 2007, 15

August 2007, 12

September 2007, 35

October 1-7, 9

October 8-15, 1

CASUALTIES

Security Forces

May 2007 15 KIA,52 WIA

June 2007 23 KIA,51 WIA

July 2007 10 KIA,14 WIA

August 2007 12 KIA,30 WIA

September 2007 12 KIA, 32 WIA

October 1-7, 2007 15 KIA, 10 WIA

October 8-15, 2007 2 KIA, 3 WIA

PKK

May 2007 20 KIA, 31 captured, 3 surrendered

June 2007 34 KIA, 16 captured, 17 surrendered

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July 2007 11 KIA, 10 captured,13 surrendered

August 2007 38 KIA, 24 captured, 7 surrendered

September 2007 40 KIA, 15 captured, 9 surrendered

October 1-7, 2007 4 KIA, 4 captured, 0 surrendered

October 8-15, 2007 1 KIA, 3 captured, 4 surrendered

CACHES RECOVERED (NUMBER)

May 2007, 113

June 2007, 50

July 2007, 28

August 2007, 40

September 2007, 119

October 1-7,2007, 24

October 8-15, 2007 9

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

TURKISH SECURITY FORCES (KIA or WIA)

JANUARY 1 KIA, 2 WIA

FEBRUARY 1 KIA, 0 WIA

MARCH 5 KIA, 4 WIA

APRIL 18 KIA, 16 WIA

MAY 15 KIA, 43 WIA

JUNE 24 KIA, 51 WIA

JULY 10 KIA, 14 WIA

AUGUST 12 KIA, 30 WIA

SEPTEMBER 12 KIA, 32 WIA

October 1-7, 2007 15 KIA, 10 WIA

October 8-15, 2007 2 KIA, 3 WIA

TOTAL 115 KIA, 205 WIA


PKK (KIA, Captured or surrendered)

JANUARY 0 KIA, 5 captured, 3 surrendered

FEBRUARY 0 KIA, 14 captured,0 surrendered

MARCH 16 KIA,15 captured, 7 surrendered

APRIL 16 KIA,8 captured,4 surrendered

MAY 20* KIA,31 captured,3 surrendered

JUNE 34 KIA,16 captured,17 surrendered

JULY 11 KIA,10 captured, 13 surrendered

AUGUST 38 KIA,24 captured,7 surrendered

SEPTEMBER 40 KIA, 15 captured,9 surrendered

OCTOBER 1-7 4 KIA, 4 Captured, 0 surrendered

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OCTOBER 8-15 1 KIA, 3 captured, 4 surrendered

TOTAL 180 KIA, 145 Captured,67 surrendered

* Includes PKK suicide bomber from May 22 attack in Ankara

CIVILIANS (KIA or WIA)

JANUARY 0 KIA, 0 WIA

FEBRUARY 1 KIA, 0 WIA

MARCH 0 KIA, 0 WIA

APRIL 1 KIA, 0 WIA

MAY 14*KIA, 108* WIA

JUNE 1 KIA, 1 WIA

JULY 1 KIA, 3 WIA

AUGUST 1 KIA, 1 WIA

SEPTEMBER 7 KIA, 1 WIA

OCTOBER 1-7 0 KIA, 0 WIA

OCTOBER 8-15 0 KIA, 0 WIA

TOTAL 26 KIA, 114 WIA

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

WILSON

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