- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 31, 2004


Army offensive kills11 Kurdish rebels

ANKARA — Government troops killed 11 Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country in the past three days in the biggest offensive against separatist guerrillas in five years, an official said yesterday.

Two soldiers also were killed in the clashes in southeastern Hakkari province, said Gov. Erdogan Gurbuz. About 4,000 troops were chasing the rebels near the city of Hakkari, where the borders of Iraq, Iran and Turkey meet, CNN-Turk television said.

The offensive follows intensified rebel attacks in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast after the guerrillas ended a five-year unilateral cease-fire on June 1.


Turkmen activist slain in divided north

KIRKUK — The top Education Ministry official in Iraq’s oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk was assassinated and three bodyguards and six policemen were wounded in a string of attacks yesterday, police said.

Ibrahim Ismail belonged to the Iraqi Turkmen Front, a party that condemns purported attempts by Kurds to seize Turkmen and Arab land in the city. He also was at the center of a dispute in the ethnically divided city over which languages should be taught in schools.

Mr. Ismail “was killed on the main road as he was heading to the technological institute south of Kirkuk,” said Gen. Turhan Yusef, the police chief.


Militancy suspects shot at checkpoint

RIYADH — Police killed a militancy suspect and wounded three when their car drove through a security checkpoint in the east of the kingdom, an Interior Ministry official said yesterday.

“A car with four men broke through a security checkpoint. The car’s lights were turned off, and it was heading directly toward the security men, so they shot at it,” the official told the Saudi Press Agency. “This led to the killing of one passenger and the wounding of the rest, who were arrested and are being questioned.”

Weekly notes

Tribesmen kidnapped an Australian oil analyst and three Arab colleagues in eastern Yemen yesterday, security sources said. The Australian reportedly worked for the oil firm Canadian Oxy in Shibwa province. Foreign workers and tourists frequently are abducted by Yemeni tribesmen seeking ransom or the release of jailed relatives. … Iranian former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has refused to rule out running for the presidency next year, press reports said yesterday. The charismatic cleric served as president from 1989 to 1997 and leads the Expediency Council, Iran’s top political arbitration body.

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