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Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (July 24-31, 2007)

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ANKARA 002001

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PREL PGOV TU IZ
SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (July 24-31, 2007)

REF: ANKARA 1909 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 24-31, 2007, two security officials were killed in
action (KIA). Four security officials, including one village guard,
were wounded in action (WIA).

3. (U) From July 24-31, two PKK terrorists were killed in action and
six surrendered.

4. (U) The TGS website reported five clashes between security forces
and PKK terrorists in the region during the reporting period.
Security forces discovered at least 12 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 24, a group of PKKers stopped a vehicle in Tunceli,
stole the civilian driver's cell phone and money, and set the
vehicle on fire.

6. (U) On July 26, a civilian in the village of Eruh, Siirt
Province, who refused to give food to PKKers was abducted, forced
into surrounding mountains, and killed.

7. (U) On July 30, a civilian was injured when a land mine set by
the PKK exploded in the mountainous region of Sirnak.

8. (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

July 24-31, 2007 5

July 2007 (full month) 15

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

July 24-31, 2007 2 KIA, 4 WIA

July 2007 (full month) 10 KIA, 14 WIA


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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

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

July 24-31, 2007 2 KIA, 0 captured, 6 surrendered

July 2007 (full month) 11 KIA, 10 captured,13 surrendered

CACHES RECOVERED

May 2007 113

June 2007 50

July 1-7, 2007 13

July 8-16, 2007 8

July 16-23, 2007 2

July 24-31, 2007 5

July 2007 (full month) 28

9. (U) Following are the 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 1-7, 2007 1 4

July 8-16, 2007 3 0

July 16-23, 2007 4 6

July 24-31, 2007 2 4

July 2007 (full month) 10 14

TOTAL 74 139


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


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July 1-7, 2007 3 0 0

July 8-16, 2007 3 3 4

July 16-23, 2007 3 7 3

July 24-31, 2007 2 0 6

July 2007(full month)11 10 13

TOTAL 97 99 47

* 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

MAY 14* 108*

JUNE 1 1

July 1-7, 2007 0 0

July 8-16, 2007 0 1

July 16-23, 2007 0 1

July 24-31, 2007 1 1

July 2007 (full month) 1 3

TOTAL 18 114

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

MCELDOWNEY

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