Turkish army neutralizes 87 PKK terrorists in a week
Turkish military neutralized 87 PKK terrorists during counter-terrorism operations in southeastern Turkey's Sirnak province and northern Iraq over the past week, the military said on Friday. Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question were either killed, captured or surrendered.
Six Turkish soldiers were also martyred and 12 others wounded during the operations carried out between June 15 and June 21. During the operations, 127 improvised explosives were also defused while 12 weapon emplacements and shelters were destroyed, it added. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the U.S. and the EU.
In its terror campaign against Turkey, which has lasted for more than three decades, over 40,000 people have been killed, including women and children. Furthermore, the statement said 3,767 people were also held in the same period in June, while they were trying to pass through borders illegally.23 Source
21 arrested for PKK terror links across Turkey
At least 21 people have been arrested during anti-terror operations across Turkey, authorities said Friday. Sixteen suspects were arrested in southeastern Van province's Gurpinar district for aiding and abetting the PKK/KCK terrorist organization, the city’s gendarmerie command said.
Digital material used in propaganda for the terrorist organization was also seized. In separate raids, another five suspects were arrested in four provinces, including Hatay, Adana, Diyarbakir and Istanbul, according to a statement issued by the Hatay governor's office.
The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including women and children. 23 Source
36 PKK militants ‘neutralized’ in two days
The Turkish army has neutralized 36 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in anti-terror operations in both Turkey and northern Iraq, the military said early June 19. Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said airstrikes on June 17 and June 18 hit PKKtargets in northern Iraq's Avasin-Basyan region.Airstrikes also targeted the PKK in the Silopi area in eastern Turkey's Şırnak province and the Hani area in the southeastern Diyarbakır province, the statement added.
Shelters and weapon emplacements used by PKK militants were also destroyed during the operation, the statement said. Source
Turkish jets ‘neutralize’ 35 PKK terrorists in Qandil
Turkish jets "neutralized” 35 PKK terrorists as part of counterterrorism operations in northern Iraq’s Qandil region, the military said Sunday. Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said the fighter jets had conducted airstrikes targeting the terror group on June 15 in Qandil region. Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its decades-long armed campaign. Source
7 PKK/KCK suspects arrested in southern Turkey
At least 17 suspects were arrested for their alleged links to the PKK/KCK terror group in the southern Adana province, police sources said on Monday.
The suspects, including three women, were rounded up in the city center and Ceyhan district during anti-terror operations supported by police special forces, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media. Source
30 Daesh-linked suspects arrested in Istanbul
Turkish security forces on Saturday arrested 30 foreign nationals in Istanbul for their alleged links to the Daesh terror group, a police source said.
Counter-terrorism squads carried out simultaneous raids in seven districts and apprehended the suspects, who were allegedly plotting terror attacks, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
During the raids, police apprehended at least 30 suspects and seized organizational documents and digital materials, the source added. Security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to rid Turkey of Daesh terrorists. More than 300 people have lost their lives in Daesh-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terror group has targeted civilians in suicide bomb, rocket, and gun attacks. Source
Turkish jets ‘neutralize’ 26 PKK terrorists in Qandil
Turkish jets "neutralized” 26 PKK terrorists including a senior member as part of counterterrorism operations in northern Iraq, the military said Friday. Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said the fighter jets had conducted airstrikes targeting the terror group on June 12 in Qandil region. Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its decades-long armed campaign.
Turkey has launched anti-terror operations in both Qandil and Sinjar regions in northern Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. In a separate operation in rural areas of southeastern Hakkari province, Turkish security forces discovered a huge ammunition cache belonged to the PKK group. Source
Turkish PM blames PKK for armed attack in SE Turkey
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed terrorist group PKK on Thursday over an armed attack in southeastern Turkey, which left at least three people dead and nine others injured. “There are police records that the perpetrators or suspects are PKK sympathizers,” said Yildirim in a live interview to broadcaster TRT Haber.
Earlier on Thursday, members of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party were attacked in Sanliurfa province while they were campaigning for the upcoming elections. “An election cannot be won with blood [or] by force for whatever reason,” Yildirim said. “Election means democracy, election means people reflecting their wishes freely,” he added.
The premier said police and local authorities in the city had brought the situation in control. Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said MP Ibrahim Halil Yildiz was the target but he survived the attack. However, his older brother Mehmet Ali Yildiz died after succumbing to his wounds at the hospital. Sanliurfa Governorship said in a statement that Yildiz, accompanied by a group of people, was visiting tradesmen in the center of Suruc district as part of his election campaign.
“Three people died and nine others were injured when a discussion turned into a fight,” the statement added. Two of the injured are in critical condition, the statement added. Source
Airstrikes hit 14 PKK targets in Kandil Mountains
Turkish airstrikes destroyed 14 targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Qandil Mountain region of northern Iraq, the military said in a statement on June 10. Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the insurgent group has its headquarters in the Kandil Mountains near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, after a ceasefire between the Turkish state and the militant group failed.
“A military operation targeting PKK bases in Jandil and Sinjar will be launched if Turkey is threatened and if Baghdad says it is unable to solve the problem.” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 7. Erdoğan also said that the United Nations refugee camp Mahmur in the Arbil governorate could be another target.
“Mahmur is very important. If the United Nations cannot solve this problem, we will strike Mahmur,” he said, describing the camp as a “breeding ground for terrorists.” The General Staff also announced that two militants were neutralized in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq during an airstrike on June 10. Source