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Cablegate: Turkey: Se Turkey Security Incidents: September 11 -

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

1. The following security incidents for the period September
11-18, 2009, were compiled by the security assistant at
Consulate Adana from RSO sources, to include Turkish security
contacts, government officials and media reports. Similar
reports have previously been shared informally by e-mail. Post
is now sending this information in cable format to ensure wider
and more regular distribution. The RSO uses the information to
determine the security situation and trends of violence and
crime throughout turkey. The RSO also tracks the information by
location and shares the information with the Country Team and
Visas Viper coordinator.

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Military Operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party

(PKK) as reported by the Turkish General Staff website

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2. Weapons, Ammunition, and Equipment Seized:

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Sirnak - 09.13.09: 1 anti-personnel landmine was found and

Tunceli - 09.11.09: Security forces found and destroyed a
hand-made landmine made of 1 kilogram of ammonium nitrate.

3. PKK Members Captured or Surrendered:

Diyarbakir - 09.16.09: 1 PKK member surrendered.

Bingol - 09.13.09: 1 PKK member surrendered.

Sirnak - 09.13.09: 1 PKK member surrendered.

Hakkari - 09.12.09: Security forces captured a PKK member.

Hakkari, 09.09-11.09: 7 PKK members were killed.

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Media Reports on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)

and pro-Kurdish Organizations

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4. PKK Attacks:

Hakkari - 09.15.09: 1 heavy construction machine belonging to a
road work company was set on fire.

Sirnak - 09.13.09: 1 security personnel was wounded.

Diyarbakir - 09.11.09: 1 civilian was killed and 1 wounded in a
landmine blast.

Tunceli - 09.11.09: 2 trucks and 3 heavy construction machines
were set on fire.

5. Anti-PKK Operations:

09.17.09: Turkish media reported 2 Turkish F-16 war jets have
flown in the direction of northern Iraq direction.

09.05.09-09.11.09: Security forces seized 1.5 kilograms of
potassium/ammonium nitrate in anti-PKK operations. PKKers
carried out 2 explosive material incidents in this period.

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09.11.09-09.17.09: Security forces captured a total of 4 PKKers.
One PKK member was captured alive and three surrendered.

09.11.09-09.17.09: Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) anti-PKK
operations continue in Sirnak, Hakkari, Bingol, Van, Batman,
Diyarbakir, Agri, and Mus.

6. Arrests:


Adana, 09.11.09: Security forces detained 7 people who were
extorting money from people. Some organizational documents and
publications were seized in the operation.

B. Democratic Society Party (DTP):

Sirnak, 09.13.09: Security forces detained a member of the YDG-M
(Patriotic Democratic Youth-Movement.

Agri, 09.13.09: Security forces detained 3 members of the YDG-M.

Siirt, 09.14.09: Security forces detained DTP Kurtalan District

Diyarbakir, 09.14.09: 10 of 19 people, who were detained in the
recent anti-KCK-TM (Kurdish Federations Association-Turkey
Assembly) operations, were arrested on a charge of "being member
of the terror organization PKK".

Sirnak, 09.15.09: A child (age 15) was arrested on a charge of
"being member of a terror organization".

Diyarbakir, 09.15.09: 6 children are on trial for "being member
of the terror organization PKK". The prosecutor requested a
combined sentence of 138 years in jail.

Siirt, 09.16.09: Security forces detained DTP's Deputy Mayor.

Hakkari, 09.16.09: 2 DTP members were arrested on a charge of
"being member of the terror organization PKK".

Adiyaman, 09.16.09: Security forces detained 3 people on a
charge of "making propaganda of the terror organization PKK."
One of them later was arrested on charges of "assisting and
harboring the terror organization PKK".

Batman, 09.16.09: Five people including DTP Center District
Administrators Kamuran Aytas and Mehmet Tas were arrested on a
charge of "making propaganda of the terror organization PKK".

Sirnak, 09.17.09: 14 DTPers were detained in an operation
conducted against the DTP's youth arm Patriotic Democratic
Youth-Movement (YDG-M).

Batman, 09.17.09: 1 person was arrested on a charge of "making
propaganda of the terror organization PKK".

Gaziantep, 09.17.09: Security forces detained 19 DTPers who
joined in a protest march organized by DTP's women's branch.

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C. Other:

Van, 09.17.09: Security forces seized 2 rifles, 9 magazines, and
ammunition at a house. One illegal migrant and a person who was
assisting and harboring him were arrested.

Agri, 09.16.09: Security forces intervened with a group of DTP
members who wanted to put a black wreath on the AK Party's

Adana, 09.16.09: Security forces captured 7 people who threw
Molotov cocktails at a supermarket. Four of them were formally
arrested. The group stated the action was carried out to
protest ongoing military operations and the Turkish Government's
lack of support for Ocalan's road map.

Adana, 09.14.09: The Turkish Telecom (TT) building on Cukurova
Street of Basak Parish was attacked by a group of PKK
sympathizers with Molotov cocktails. The group chanted slogans
in favor of PKK and Ocalan and later escaped by branch roads.

Diyarbakir, 09.15.09: A police check point in Baglar District
and a medical clinic were attacked by a group of unidentified
people with Molotov cocktails. Police opened fire in the air.

Cukurca and Yuksekova in Hakkari, 09.14.09: Many PKK
sympathizers clashed with police to protest the deaths of 8 HPG
members and the arrest of 10 DTPers. Security forces intervened
with tear gas, sticks and pressurized water; demonstrators
responded with stones and Molotov cocktails. PKK supporters
blocked the Yuksekova-Esendere-Semdinli Highway with burning
trash barrels. Demonstrators chanted slogans in favor of PKK
and Ocalan. AK Party's and MHP's buildings, a University Prep
School, MOBESE cameras (security surveillance cameras) were
attacked by the protestors. The clashes ended around dusk.

Beytussebap in Hakkari, 09.14.09: The crowd coming back from a
funeral ceremony of a killed PKK member attacked security forces
with stones. Security forces responded with tear gas. At least
3 police officers were wounded.

Hakkari, 09.13.09: Almost 20,000 people joined in funeral
ceremonies of 2 PKK members who were killed in a clash on
September 8. Demonstrators chanted slogans in favor of PKK and

Adana, 09.14.09: PKK supporters attacked a supermarket on
Sakirpasa Street of Onur Parish with stones and Molotov
cocktails. It was reported that 11 Molotov cocktails were
thrown at the BIM Supermarket. There were no injuries. The
latest attack was the fourth against the same market. (Note:
BIM supermarkets have been attacked many times by PKK supporters
across Turkey. The owner of the BIM chain is one of the
top-level AK Party members, Cuneyd Zapsu. End note.)

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Illegal Migrants, Counter-Narcotics and Other Smuggling

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7. Illegal migrants: Security forces captured and deported 726
illegal migrants from the following regions: Canakkale, Adana,
Erzurum, Iraqi Border, Agri, Yalova, Greek Border, Iranian
Border, Van, Kocaeli, Mugla, Sirnak, Balikesir, Hatay, Edirne,
Kilis, Aegean Coast, Syrian Border, Elazig, Nevsehir. Four
Turks assisting the illegal migrants were also arrested in the
operations that took place between September 11 and 17.

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8. Counter-narcotic operations:

Gaziantep, 09.17.09: Security forces confiscated 17,066 pills
and arrested 1 person.

Diyarbakir, 09.16.09: Security forces seized 1,054,000 Indian
hemp seeds and 154 kilograms of hashish.

Mersin, 09.16.09: Security forces captured 70 people in 43
separate operations. Thirty-two people were arrested and 24
kilograms of hashish, 222 seeds of Indian hemp and 17 pills were

Hatay, 09.16.09: Security forces confiscated 15 kilograms of

Diyarbakir, 09.16.09: Security forces confiscated 72 kilograms
of hashish and arrested two people.

Van, 09.16.09: Security forces seized 140 kilograms of hashish
and arrested 3 people.

Elazig, 09.15.09: Security forces seized 6 kilograms of hashish.

Diyarbakir, 09.14.09: Security forces seized 52 kilograms of

Van, 09.14.09: Security forces seized 51 kilograms hashish.

Adana, 09.12.09: Security forces seized 6 kilograms of hashish.

9. Other:

Batman, 09.14.09: Security forces seized 1284 liters of smuggled
diesel and 68,040 boxes of smuggled cigarettes.

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