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On April 10, pro-Kurdish parliamentarian Burcu Celik Ozkan was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of promoting terrorism for making a threatening remark to a Turkish soldier and also allegedly giving a speech supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) at a funeral – although her attendance was not verified.Although the PKK is typically less militarily active in Turkey during the winter, casualties from the conflict dropped 400 percent for the three months between December 2017 and February 2018 compared to the same period last winter – and 1400 percent down compared to the same period two years ago.The PKK's decreased activity within Turkey should therefore be understood in the light of its sister organizations' increased activity outside of Turkey to cement control of vital and strategic areas. Although the PKK is choosing to focus on building up these local branches' military and political influence, Turkey's military engagement in these areas could potentially lead the PKK to increase its activity within Turkey in retaliation.Nor can its current military approach solve the Kurdish issue definitively, instead likely to reinvigorate Kurdish insurgency – a scenario the Turkish state is ill-prepared to face since 40 percent of Turkey's top commanders were purged from the military following the July 2016 coup attempt.
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