They said the
reinforcements were sent after fighters and operatives of the Kurdish
Workers Party were believed to have infiltrated Turkey from Syria.
Turkey has also reinforced troops along the border with Iraq, which
harbors an estimated 3,000 PKK fighters in the Kandil mountains, Middle East Newsline reported. The sources
said troops, helicopters and armored vehicles have arrived in the border
provinces of Hakari and Sirnak.
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"The recent problems in Syria have led to a sharp decline in border
security," a Turkish source said.
On April 1, Turkish troops killed at least seven suspected operatives of
the PKK along the border with Syria. The sources said the infiltrators
crossed the border in the Hatay province and were detected and killed near
The sources said this marked the biggest battle between Turkey and the
PKK since August 2010. In February, the PKK ended what they termed
was a six-month ceasefire.
Syria and Turkey have been cooperating in tracking and blocking the
movements of the PKK. The sources said the two countries have established an
intelligence exchange as well as hold regular border exercises that test
interoperability and communications.
Last year, the Syrian-Turkish cooperation against the PKK was said to have
peaked. Syria was reported to have arrested 400 members of the PKK in towns
near the Turkish border.