ATAA Condemns Deadly PKK Attack on Turkish Army Convoy

ATAA Condemns Deadly PKK Attack
on Turkish Army Convoy

 

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Community Information Service
September 7, 2015 / No:823

 

ATAA Condemns Deadly PKK Attack
on Turkish Army Convoy

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) strongly condemns continued terrorist attacks by the Marxist Leninist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Turkey. In latest terror attack, PKK terrorists targeted Turkish soldiers late Sunday in the town of Dağlıca in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province, killing 16 soldiers and wounded 6.  Since July of 2015, 97 security officers lost their lives in heinous PKK terrorist attacks:

  • September 6, Daglica: 16 soldiers killed, 6 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • September 6, Diyarbakir: 2 law enforcement officers killed, 3 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • September 4, Tunceli: 1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • September 2, Elazig: 3 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • September 1, Batman: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 31, Sirnak: 1 law officer and 1 civilian wounded (PKK)
  • August 30, Diyarbakir: 2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • August 30, Sirnak: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 4 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • August 29, Mardin: 9 law enforcement officers and 14 civilians wounded (PKK)
  • August 29, Sanliurfa: 2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • August 28, Tunceli: 1 security officer killed (PKK)
  • August 26, Bingol: 2 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • August 15, Hakkari: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 10, Sultanbeyli: 1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • August 10, Sirnak: 4 law enforcement officers and 1 soldier killed (PKK)
  • August 8, Mardin: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 8, Sirnak: 1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • August 7, Silopi: 1 law enforcement and 3 civilians killed, 2 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • August 7, Sirnak: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 1, Kars: 1 soldier killed (PKK)
  • July 31, Adana:  2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • July 31, Diyarbakir: 3 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • July 31, Osmaniye: 1 law enforcement officer and 1 municipal worker wounded (PKK)
  • July 30, Sirnak: 3 soldiers killed (PKK)
  • July 30, Kars: 1 railroad worker killed and 1 rural guard wounded (PKK)
  • July 29, Erzurum: 1 soldier wounded (PKK)
  • July 29, Sirnak: 1 soldier wounded (PKK)
  • July 29, Dogubayazit: 1 soldier killed, 2 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • July 28, Sirnak: 1 soldier wounded (PKK)
  • July 28, Hakkari: 1 soldier killed (PKK)
  • July 27, Malazgirt: 1 soldier killed, 1 soldier and 1 civilian wounded (PKK)
  • July 26, Istanbul: 1 law enforcement officer killed
  • July 25, Diyarbakir: 2 soldiers killed (PKK)
  • July 23, Kilis Turkish-Syrian Border Check: 1 soldier killed, 2 soldier wounded (ISIL),
    1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • July 22, Sanliurfa: 2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • July 20, Adiyaman: 1 soldier killed, 2 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • July 20, Sanliurfa: 32 civilian died, 103 civilian wounded (ISIL)
The PKK is a terrorist organization according to the laws of the United States,
Turkey and European Union. In 2010, the United States Supreme Court held in the Humanitarian Law Project case that financial and lobbying support to even the PKK’s and Hamas‘ “nonviolent” activities constitutes support for terrorism and violates U.S. law.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit held in the Parlak case that the PKK was a racist organization that persecutes people who are not Kurdish as well as Kurds who do not support the PKK’s Marxist-Leninist political ideology. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit held in the Ozdemir case that Turkey’s military and police actions against the PKK are not ethnic-based and that they constitute legitimate anti-terror operations.
Since 1984, the PKK has caused the deaths of over 35,000 people, including Americans. The PKK has caused billions of dollars of property damage worldwide. The PKK claims to represent Kurds, but includes a sliver of roughly 5,000 radicals and militantsThe PKK is funded by revenue from narcotics and cigarette smuggling, human trafficking, sexual exploitation of women and children, as well as state and private supporters of terrorism.
Mainstream Turkish citizens of Kurdish heritage, who contribute to Turkey’s rich diversity of 77 million people, do not support the PKK, and do not support violence. There has never been apartheid, segregation, or statute based discrimination against Turkish citizens of Kurdish heritage. The vast majority of Turkish Kurds have integrated with the diverse ethnicity of Turkey and significantly contribute to Turkey’s economic, political, and cultural strengths.

The ATAA supports greater cooperation between the United States and Turkey to combat international terrorism, including the PKK and ISIL (DAESH).

The ATAA expresses its highest respect to the 16 Turkish security forces, who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom in Turkey and global peace.

The ATAA also expresses its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of PKK terrorism and the people of Turkey, and wishes them strength, patience and determination.

ATAA urges the US, NATO members and Iraq to increase their support for Turkey
in ending the PKK terror by cutting their supplies and forcing them to surrender to
Turkish authorities.

 

ATAA, representing over 60 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally and in Washington DC to empower the Turkish American community through civic engagement, and to support strong
US-Turkish relations through education and advocacy.  Established in 1979, ATAA is the largest, democratically elected Turkish American membership organization
in the United States. As a non-faith based organization, ATAA is open to people of diverse backgrounds.  The ATAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed under the laws of the District of Columbia. To learn more about ATAA, please visit www.ataa.org .

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Türk – Amerikan Derneklerine duyarlıkları için teşekkür ediyoruz.

Sevgi ve saygı ile.
08.09.2015, Datça

Dr. Ahmet SALTIK
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profsaltik@gmail.com

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