In a recent report the Wall Street Journal claimed that:
“Turkey’s increasingly hard-line stance against Syrian Kurds follows the collapse of a shaky truce with the PKK in July that derailed three-year-old peace talks. The PKK’s insurgency has claimed 40,000 lives and cost Turkey’s economy $1 trillion since 1984, according to the government.
Since July, Turkish jets have been striking PKK camps in the country’s southeast and northern Iraq, where the Kurdish militants keep their headquarters. Amid escalating violence, the state has launched a sweeping crackdown to clear the rebels from the region, and the PKK has responded with steady counterattacks, with the renewed conflict killing hundreds of civilians, security officials and Kurdish separatists.”
The WSJ misrepresents the truth, as we previously stated in many posts. The peace talks did not “collapse” under their own weight. In reality, the PKK unilaterally ended the ceasefire and resumed armed struggle in summer 2015. PKK’s umbrella organization, the KCK, announced an end to a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.
As Hürriyet reported, the PKK killed a Turkish soldier on July 21, 2015. And as Al-Jazeera reported on July 22, 2015, the PKK murdered two sleeping Turkish police officers, ensuring that violence was reignited.