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Turkey Air strikes & North and South Korea's Conflict Escalates

Turkey Air strikes & North and South Korea's Conflict Escalates

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    Aug 10, 2015   Author : admin

Posted in: CURRENT AFFAIRS

Turkey launched a wave of air strikes against Kurdish militants on Tuesday as a response to deadly attacks that claimed nine lives of members of the security forces a day earlier.

Turkish warplanes bombed 17 targets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the south-eastern Hakkari province, eliminating all targets, according to the army’s statement.

Monday’s attacks that claimed nine lives were some of the deadliest attacks since Turkey launched its bombing campaign against the PKK late last month. Turkey has experienced intense violence over recent weeks between the Turkish forces and Kurdish separatists.

Some of Monday’s deadly attacks were blamed on the PKK.

A 2013 cease fire in the long-drawn conflict between the two sides started trembling in July, when the Turkish government initiated bombing on PKK camps in northern Iraq while launching air strikes on ISIS in Syria.

Since the renewed violence, at least 50 people have died.

Both the European Union and the United States, which like Turkey consider the PKK a terror group, have been supporting Ankara’s right to carry out air strikes against the militants but warned about being cautious with the scope of the campaign.

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In other news, South Korea announced it will resume using loudspeakers to broadcast its propaganda messages over the intensely armed border North Korea as a response to landmine blasts that injured two South Korean soldiers’ legs.

Using loudspeakers to broadcast government propaganda messages into the territory of Kim Jong-un’s country is a form of psychological war against its neighbors, which was halted by the South Korean Defense Ministry over a decade ago during the period of time when there was seen a thaw in the relations between the two countries.

There is a risk of the conflict escalation as such propaganda messages will most likely throw North Korea off balance, which has repeatedly threatened to destroy a number of laage speakers set up in the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Koreas.

Meanwhile, it was announced a few days ago that North Korea is getting its own time zone. North Korean state news agency – KCNA – announced that North Korea plans to set its clocks back by 30 minutes to the so-called ‘Pyongyang time’.

The change of the time zone will take place on August 15, which is the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japan.

The time will be reset to GMT + 08:30 like it was before Japanese colonization. 

 

Image: Hürriyet Daily News | MYC Writer: Polina Tikhonova

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