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Turkey to make use of ‘mole’ sensors against terrorists

23 July 2010, Friday /TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Turkish defense authorities have decided to use remote sensing systems, called “moles,” to prevent the infiltration of terrorists from Turkey’s border with northern Iraq and to ensure the security of military outposts along the border.

As part of a joint project between the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), remote sensing systems will be used to detect the activities of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists along the border. These systems, known as moles since they are buried underground, will be placed around border units and military facilities. They will be able to inform the authorities beforehand about attempts to attack these facilities. 

The remote sensing systems will also be able to make a distinction as to whether sensed activities are by animals or humans and will be sensitive to metals, thus able to detect weapons and armed people. The video and photographs recorded by these systems will be delivered to the relevant military commands.

Turkey plans to produce its own moles and distribute them to all security bases soon.

Turkey has seen a surge in violence since PKK militants called off a 14-month cease-fire at the start of June. Analysts say the PKK’s desire to undermine a referendum democratizing Turkey’s 1982 Constitution, which was drafted shortly after a coup, is responsible for the escalation in violence. Earlier this month an attack on a military outpost left 15 people dead.

The PKK has stepped up its attacks after accusing the government of not being serious about a bid to extend more cultural rights to the country’s Kurds. Most of the PKK’s estimated 4,000 fighters are based in the mountains of neighboring northern Iraq, from where they launch attacks on military targets in southeastern Turkey. Turkey has lost at least 40,000 people in the fight against the outlawed PKK since 1984, when the terrorist organization was set up with the goal of establishing an autonomous Kurdish state in the eastern and southeastern parts of Turkey. The PKK has been declared a terrorist organization by the international community, including the US and the EU.

Report: PKK plans to crash Cobra, Sikorsky helicopters

A recent intelligence report by the National Security General Directorate has revealed the new action plan of the terrorist PKK. According to the report, the PKK has buried guided missiles in the Uzundere region near Hakkari and planned to hit Turkish Sikorsky and Cobra helicopters, the Bugün daily reported yesterday.

The directorate has already informed the General Staff and the Gendarmerie General Command about the plans of the PKK. The terrorists reportedly brought the missiles from northern Iraq, where most of the PKK bases are located. 

The National Police Department had also informed military authorities on July 8 that a group of 60 terrorists was planning to carry out an attack on military outposts in Çukurca along the border. But despite the warning, six soldiers were killed at the Hantepe outpost in the Çukurca district on Tuesday, which is close to the Uzundere region.

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