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Turkey's Military Strikes Could Herald Closure For Kurdish Opening

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

As initiatives go, it seemed more in line with closure than opening new doors.

Turkey gave a response of sorts to its "Kurdish question" on August 23 when its armed forces announced that it had killed 100 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in more than 80 sorties over northern Iraq in the past week.

On the same day, the army transported around 2,000 commandos to the Iraqi border in mini-buses in a clear statement of intent to the PKK that there was more to come.

Such is the state of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's much-vaunted "Kurdish Opening" less than three years after it was launched amid heady talk of a historic breakthrough in the Turkish state's troubled relationship with the country's estimated 14 million Kurds.

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Turkey's Military Strikes Could Herald Closure For Kurdish Opening

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