Wanted PKK terrorist leader killed in Turkish counter-terror op in northern Iraq

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 09.04.2019 10:53
Updated 09.04.2019 17:18
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A wanted senior PKK terrorist was killed in a counter-terror operation carried out in northern Iraq, the defense ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry said in a statement that PKK terrorist Mehmet Soysüren codenamed Savaş Porsipi was killed in the operation.

He was allegedly responsible for "special forces" of the terrorist group.

The Turkish military regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq, a region where PKK terrorists have hideouts and bases from which to carry out attacks in Turkey.

Founded in 1978, the PKK has waged a decadeslong bloody campaign against Turkey.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 after a brief reconciliation period.

Since that time, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children, while more than 4,000 security personnel and over 2,000 civilians have been injured.

The terrorist organization isn't just active in Turkey but operates throughout the region, particularly in Syria and Iraq. The Turkish government has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to eradicate the PKK threat. If not, Ankara says the Turkish military will exercise its rights and launch a cross-border operation in the area, as it did during Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch in Syria.

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