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

Published: Mon 22 Oct 2007 04:22 PM
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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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