Turkey launched the third phase of a home anti-terror operation, the Interior Ministry introduced on Monday.
The Interior Ministry assertion stated Operation Lighting-3 Mt. Ağrı is underway in the eastern Ağrı and Iğdır provinces in addition to northeastern Kars province.
The operation was launched to “utterly eradicate the separatist terror group from the nation’s agenda and to neutralize terrorists taking shelter in the area”.
A complete of 1,170 safety personnel, together with gendarmerie commandos and police particular forces in addition to village guards, are collaborating in the operation, added the assertion.
Operations against terrorists in the area will proceed with out pause, the assertion famous.
Previously, the ministry stated Operation Lighting-2 Cilo was launched on July 19 to eradicate PKK terrorists in the area.
The operation includes a complete of 1,106 safety personnel together with gendarmerie commandos, gendarmerie particular forces, police particular forces and native safety groups.
One week earlier than the Operation Lighting-2 Cilo, the Operation Lighting-1 Cudi was launched.
Since the Lighting operations started, a complete of 8 PKK terrorists have been killed and an enormous cache of weapons and ammunition have been seized.
Turkish safety forces often conduct counterterrorism operations in the eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey the place the PKK has tried to ascertain a robust presence.
Previously, Turkey had launched Operations Kıran and Kapan, which efficiently have introduced the quantity of PKK terrorists down to only 492 from round 3,000 in 2016.
In August 2019, Turkey launched Operation Kıran against the YPG/PKK terrorists in the nation’s southeast provinces of Van, Hakkari and Şırnak.
It was adopted by Operation Kıran-2, launched later in the identical month in the provinces of Mardin, Şırnak and Batman. Eight extra iterations adopted, together with Kıran-9 and Kıran-10.
Turkey additionally launched Operation Kapan in February to eradicate terrorists in the southeastern Mardin province.
The safety forces have adopted methods like “ending terrorism at its root” and “assault quite than protection” in its operations throughout the nation.
To that finish, Turkey has engaged in efforts to persuade terrorist group members to give up, working along with their households.
The Interior Ministry has lately stated Turkey’s profitable counterterrorism operations and methods at dwelling and overseas have accelerated the PKK’s dissolution.
A major quantity of suspected terrorists have already abandoned the PKK and surrendered. At least 100 terrorists have been persuaded to give up by the Turkish authorities because the starting of this 12 months and the efforts proceed. However, many terrorists are nonetheless fearful of leaving the group as a result of they face extreme punishment if caught.
In its greater than 40-year terror marketing campaign against Turkey, the PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and European Union, has been answerable for the deaths of 40,000 folks, together with ladies and kids. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.