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Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (November 16-23, 2008)

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SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (November 16-23, 2008)

REF: ANKARA 2044 and previous

(U) Sensitive but unclassified - please protect accordingly.

1. (SBU) This is another in a series of weekly reports on PKK
violence in Turkey. Our primary source is the Turkish General Staff
(TGS) website, which documents contacts and clashes with the PKK, as
well as casualties incurred.

2. (U) During the November 16-23, 2008 reporting period, three
security officials died in clashes in Agri and Diyarbakir Provinces
on November 19. Thirteen security officials were injured, including
nine in clashes and four caused by a landmine explosion in Karliova,
Bingol Province on November 19. The total number of security force
casualties for the year through November 15, 2008, was 140 killed
and 247 injured.

3. (U) During the same period, nine PKK terrorists were killed in
clashes. Six were captured and two surrendered. According to
official TGS website figures, through the third week of November,
the number of PKK militants killed this year was 653, the number of
those captured was 151, and the number of those who surrendered was
152.

4. (U) During the reporting period one civilian was killed and two
were injured in a landmine explosion in Caldiran, Van Province on
November 22. The total number of civilian casualties for the year
through the end of the third week of November, was 46 killed with
another 250 wounded.

JEFFREY

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