World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish General Staff has said that 330 PKK militants had been killed in the fight against terror between February and August 2012.
The army statement comes after criticisms about its effectiveness in fighting PKK.
In a written statement on Monday, the General Staff said 10 terrorists were captured wounded as 33 of them were arrested in security operations and 24 terrorists have surrendered to security forces.
The General Staff said, "as of September 6, 88 Turkish troops have been killed in clashes with the terrorist organization," adding that 54 of them were full-time professional soldiers and the rest of them were soldiers recruited under compulsory military service.
Fighting between the military and the PKK has intensified in recent months in southeastern Turkey, leaving dozens of Turkish soldiers dead. The General Staff came under the spotlight once more last week after 25 privates were killed in an explosion at a munitions depot in the central province of Afyonkarahisar.
Terrorism experts cite unsafe conditions of military outposts, poorly trained soldiers and a lack of intelligence as the reasons for the deaths.
Responding to these criticisms, the General Staff Communications Department released a statement dismissing claims that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are inactive in military outposts and saying operations against the terrorists are continuing uninterrupted.
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