PKK attacks covered by foreign press
The PKK attacks which occurred in the Cukurca district of southeastern province Hakkari and killed 24 soldiers yesterday was comprehensively covered by the foreign press. In a news article entitled "Turkey vows revenge for Kurdish attacks," the Financial Times stressed the latest statement by President Abdullah Gul, who said that the revenge for this attempt would be great, adding that tension increased in both the southeastern of Turkey and northern Iraq and that it was the biggest death toll from such an incident for almost 20 years. The Wall Street Journal, a daily newspaper in the US, defined the attacks as one of the deadliest attacks since the terrorist PKK began its armed campaign thirty years ago. Britain's BBC wrote, "Security sources say Turkish planes are bombing Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq, while local news sources say soldiers have also entered the area," adding that President Abdullah Gul has visited the area of attacks a few days ago, where he has vowed revenge. Furthermore, the CNN indicated on its web page that some observers considered an increase in tension between Turkey and Kurds as an alarm and that the conflicts which have resulted in a death toll of 30,000 since 1984 might escalate again.