Thursday, September 20, 2012
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s war with Kurdish militants has entered its bloodiest phase in more than a decade, with attacks on soldiers and police almost daily and a breakdown in ties with neighbors that had helped to contain the threat.
On Tuesday, a military convoy in the largely Kurdish southeast was ambushed, leaving 10 dead. Two days earlier, eight police were killed when a mine blew up their minibus, and four soldiers died in a similar blast the previous day.
Police were trying today to defuse a bomb under a bridge near the airport in Diyarbakir, said the state-run Anatolia agency. The army has killed 500 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK since February, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this week.
Turkey’s fraying ties with Syria, Iran and Iraq, neighbors with their own Kurdish minorities that have collaborated against the PKK, offer new openings for