12 Turkish Soldiers Killed In Clash With Kurdish Militants

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish officials say Kurdish militants killed a dozen soldiers and wounded six others in clashes in the southeastern Diyarbakir Province.

Authorities in Diyarbakir say Thursday's attack was the largest on Turkish troops in more than a year.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party has been fighting for an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey since 1984. That fighting between Turkish forces and the rebels has killed about 40,000 people.

The Kurds are expected to play an important part in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's push to amend the country's constitution, which was written in 1982 when Turkey was under military rule.

The prime minister says the amended constitution would guarantee more rights for minorities, including Kurds. Kurdish leaders say it should recognize the Kurds as a distinct element of the nation and grant them autonomy.