Forest burning as a counterinsurgency strategy in Eastern Turkey. Paper presented at the World Congress of Kurdish Studies, organized by the Kurdish Institute of Paris and Salahaddin University, Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, September 6 to September 9, 2006

J.P. Jongerden, J. van Etten, H. de Vos

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Abstract

Beginning in the early 1990s, the Turkish Army was reported to use the burning of forests, fields and villages as a strategy in the conflict against the insurgent PKK. A case study of armed conflict in Tunceli, Eastern Turkey was done to evaluate this claim using satellite images for the verification of eye-witness reports collected by human rights groups. This paper establishes that substantial forest burnings took place between 1991 and 1994 in the study area. Turkey follows an international trend of resource destruction as an intentional goal of its counterinsurgency strategy
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventConferentie -
Duration: 6 Sep 20069 Sep 2006

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ConferenceConferentie
Period6/09/069/09/06

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