"... a recent Turkish-Syrian joint military exercise and bilateral defense cooperation agreement has raised concern in Israel, ... Brig. Gen. Beyazıt Karataş, Turkish defense ministry deputy undersecretary for Technology and Coordination Air, said relations with Syria on every level are of great importance,"... the exercise involved ... holds a value against smugglers and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, operating along the border,.... "
Very timely indeed! Reuters, here
"...The separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrilla group is believed to have carried out the southeast Turkey bombing. It has carried out similar attacks in the past using improvised explosive devices targeting security forces.The identity of the assailants in Ankara is unclear. The former justice minister targeted in the attack, Hikmet Sami Turk, was hated by left-wing organisations for his policies when he was in office and he had received death threats. One of the attackers was reportedly jailed previously for membership of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front or DHKP/C, the largest of Turkey's many far-left factions..."