ANKARA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Two soldiers of the Turkish security forces and 13 members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed late Wednesday during a military operation against the PKK group in southeastern Turkey, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported Thursday.
The Turkish Armed Forces have deployed reinforcement troops, armored vehicles and radar jammers to Kazan Valley in Cukurca town of Hakkari province near the border with Iraq, as part of so- called "the Fall Operation" launched against the PKK on Wednesday, according to the report.
According to the report, two Turkish soldiers and 13 PKK militants were killed during the clashes on the first day of the operation, while four soldiers were wounded.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.