Turkey to continue fight against terrorism

Türkiye Materials 3 October 2011 16:37 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 3 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva /

The Turkish authorities are considering a new method of fighting terrorism, the Radikal newspaper reported. It includes providing monetary rewards to anyone who gives information about the members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The decision was taken by the Turkish Interior Ministry in the framework of improving the fight against terrorism. The ministry's statement reads that this innovation will be introduced to the Law on Combating Terrorism, which will also stipulate the amount of remuneration.
Turkey has recently initiated an active struggle against terrorism. The Turkish Air Force throw blows at Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq.

Air strikes were conducted after a militant terror attack in southeastern Turkey on Aug. 17, in which nine Turkish servicemen were killed. These were the first strikes by Turkey in northern Iraq in more than a year.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has continued for more than 25 years, claiming over 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by both the UN and the EU.

PKK militants have previously threatened Turkish authorities with intensified armed conflict if concrete steps are not taken to address long-term Kurdish problem.