The prime minister, Binali Yildirim, of Turkey said that Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb outside a military checkpoint in southeastern Turkey. The checkpoint is 12 miles from the town of Semdinli, near the borders with Iraq and Iran. Ten soldiers and eight civilians were killed as a result. In response, Turkey immediately launched a military operation against the rebels. Interestingly, "the Turkish authorities imposed a temporary blackout on coverage of the attack, citing public order and national security reasons". This is a bit worrisome since the U.S. is supporting the kurds and want to arm them even more.