PKK poses problems for Erdogan's party as elections loom | Middle East Eye: Turkish security forces started these fires in the eastern towns and villages - among them Silvan, Varto, and Cizre - reviving a tactic previously seen in Turkey's Kurdish regions during the brutal campaign of the 1980s and 90s when government forces fought a war nominally against the armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that left more than 40,000 people dead.
After peace talks between the PKK and Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP government collapsed earlier this year, hostilities have resumed in Turkey's Kurdish regions, with more than 800 alleged PKK fighters, and up to 80 police and military personnel reported killed.
In any city in southeastern Turkey, tensions remain high. News of attacks on security forces and government campaigns in Kurdish neighbourhoods occur daily, and for residents in the southeast all this was unnecessary and avoidable.
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