Rebel Violence in Turkey Could Erode Kurds' Gains

The kidnappers came at dusk, just as the day shift at the Tigre marble quarry was ending. Pulling aside the two most senior men, they herded the rest of the dust-caked workers into a small dining hall at gunpoint. The armed men wore bulky camouflage jackets, according to several people there. They spoke in flawless Kurdish and were chillingly polite.”We have some business to take care of,” one of them announced. “Your two friends will be coming with us as our guests.” Before slipping away with their hostages toward the desolate gray mountains to the east, they conveyed one last message. “Maybe you consider us terrorists,” one kidnapper was said to have told the assembled workers. “But we are your brothers.”

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