The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is getting into act to establish an urban warfare school on the basis of filling the deficiency of experienced staff in urban militancy against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
According to a report by Cumhuriyet daily, the Urban Warfare School (Meskun Muharebe Okulu) is going to be established to increase success in military operations in the settlements all over the Kurdish dominated Southeastern Anatolia. The report said that the Turkish military officers have planned to train military personnel after examining a number of residential areas, including Sur, Cizre, Silopi, Yüksekova and Nusaybin and taking necessary lessons to reach a conclusion.
The Turkish Army staff is also going to participate in a training program in the Netherlands because of the lack of a specialised school in this area. It is also reported that the school could train NATO military officers in order to be accredited.
Especially in the recent years, the PKK has changed its strategy and moved to the city centers in which it settled trenches and barricades and carried conflicts to urban and residential areas.
The school is planned to become on its own after getting organized under the Infantry School Command in İstanbul’s Tuzla district.
Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with the jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.