Syria Civl War Encourages Kurdish Rebels in Turkey: Kurds Kill 9, Kidnap MP in Automony Fight
Turkish fears are growing that Kurdish rebels seeking autonomy are being encouraged by the Kurdish minority in war torn Syria who have recently taken control of areas vacated by Bashar al-Assad's troops. Early this week a bomb concealed in a vehicle killed nine people in the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border. This attack comes as fighting between Turkish forces and Kurdish rebels has been increasing, including the kidnapping of a Turkish member of Parliament. Kurdistan, the cultural region where Kurds make up the majority of the population spans Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Kurds make up around 20 percent of Turkey's population, mostly living in the South Eastern portion of the country. In Iraq, the Kurds have managed to set up a self-governing region in the North of the country and many Kurds would like to see fully autonomous Kurdistan nation. The latest bombing is part of a long running conflict in Turkey that started in 1984.