14 arrested in Istanbul for suspected links to Daesh
At least 14 suspects were arrested in Istanbul over alleged links to the Daesh terrorist group, a security source said early Friday.
The anti-terror police carried out simultaneous operations in nine districts of Turkey’s most populous city, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions over talking to the media.
Operations against Daesh will continue in the same districts, with the names kept secret to avoid tipping off the suspects, the source added.
The suspects were arrested while preparing for an attack, according to the source, and numerous documents and digital materials linked to Daesh were also seized. Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to clear Daesh from Turkey.
Major anti-PKK op underway in Iraq's north
A major Turkish military campaign against the terror group PKK in northern Iraq is now in its second week with dozens of terrorists either killed or captured, a security source said Friday.
Fifty-five terrorists have been "neutralized", 20 caves, and 42 shelters have been destroyed so far since the March 10 launch of the operation which targeted PKK camps and hideouts in Hakurk and Kani Rash regions of northern Iraq, according to the security source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. 5 PKK caves and 12 shelters were destroyed Friday in Turkish airstrikes, the source said. Turkish military also targeted storage tankers and pipelines used in fuel smuggling -- a major source of income for the terror group. Source
Turkey has ‘neutralized’ 50 PKK militants in northern Iraq since March 10: Report
Turkish Armed Forces have “neutralized” nine more outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, bringing the total number since March 10 to 50, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on March 22.
Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
The nine militants were “neutralized” in northern Iraq’s Hakurk region. The Turkish army believes they were plotting to carry out an attack on Turkish military bases, the agency said. The militants were spotted by military drones in the Yüksekova disrict of the southeastern province of Hakkari. Source
Turkey ‘neutralises’ 38 PKK in northern Iraq – agency
Turkish jets "neutralised" 38 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during an air operation in northern Iraq, the state-run Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.
The fighters were neutralised as part of operations targeting PKK camps since March 10, Anadolu said citing sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.
At least 15 caves and 30 shelters used by the PKK were also destroyed, the sources added. Source
PKK attacks in south-east Turkey after the fall of Afrin
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) launched attacks in Diyarbakır and Bitlis in south east Turkey on Monday, killing one soldier and two civilians, reports the Turkish press. The attacks took place right after in Syria Turkish forces and their Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies gained control of Afrin’s largest city from Kurdish forces yesterday.
Yesterday the Democratic Autonomous Administration of Afrin Canton held a press conference and signaled a return to guerrilla tactics threatening to “inflict a blow to Turkish and Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces in their own base”. In Diyarbakır, a vehicle carrying military personnel on its route to Topçular police station was attacked. Specialist sergeant Sergen Çakmak and voluntary village guard Yasettin Opçin were killed. In Bitlis, villagers collecting firewood were targeted. One of the villagers, Nurullah Kılıçarslan was killed, while 4 others were injured.
Turkey says the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), which controlled Afrin, are an extension of the PKK, which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years. Source
3 soldiers injured in PKK attack in SE Turkey
Three Turkish soldiers were injured in a PKK terror attack in southeastern province of Sirnak, according to security sources on Sunday.
PKK terrorists targeted Hisarkapi military base area in Silopi district, near the Turkish-Iraqi border, with rocket launchers and long barreled weapons from northern Iraq, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
The injured were transferred to Sirnak Public Hospital, said the sources, adding that a security operation in the area was underway. Source