Turkey: fight against PKK terrorism, 25 October 2016

Diyarbakır mayor arrested in terror probe /PKK underground network destroyed in Şırnak /Soldier martyred in clash with PKK in Bingöl / Turkey resolute to clear Syria's Manbij of PYD/PKK.


The PKK ( "Workers' Party of Kurdistan") is categorized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. The group resumed its thirty-year long armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

Since then, the PKK terrorist attacks killed over 800 members of Turkish security forces. They have also killed more than 350 civilians, including one hundred children. At least 8500 PKK terrorists were killed in army operations during the same period.

Police forces and the Turkish army launched attacks against positions of the separatist terrorist organization PKK and pursue its armed members in the south and southeast of the country and in northern Iraq in response to terrorist attacks by the organization within Turkey, which target civilians and members of security forces.


Mayor of Diyarbakır arrested as part of investigation into terrorist organization PKK
A / Diyarbakır (Turquie) / Hasan Namlı - The mayor of Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey’s largest city, was arrested late Tuesday as part of an anti-terrorism investigation, a local security official said.

Gulten Kisanak, a member of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), was taken into custody by police from the Diyarbakir Security Directorate.

Kisanak was arrested at the city’s airport as part of an inquiry into PKK terrorism, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Firat Anli, another local elected official, was arrested at his home as part of the same investigation. They were both taken to Security Directorate premises, the source said.

Kisanak was a parliamentary deputy for Diyarbakir province between 2007 and 2014 before becoming the city’s first female mayor in March 2014.

The Chief Prosecutor's Office in Diyarbakir said in a statement early Wednesday that the mayor was arrested because of "being a member of an armed terrorist group.

"It has been understood that Gultan Kisanak called for an autonomy and made remarks that are pro-terrorist organization during Nevruz activities that was organized upon the call of PKK terrorist group," the statement said.

"Upon the evidence that shows Kisanak directed the registered official vehicles to the funerals of terrorist members, taking part in unlawful meetings and demonstrations and their making pro-PKK remarks, Kisanak has been arrested," it added.

Regarding Firat Anli, the statement said he also assigned municipalities' registered vehicles in building a so-called cemetery for terrorist members in 2014, when an attack martyred a Turkish soldier.

PKK underground network destroyed in Şırnak

Tanju Özkaya - ANKARA (AA) - A cave and tunnel system being used by PKK terrorists has been destroyed in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province, the military said in a statement on Tuesday.

The four caves, which were used as shelters, and two 100 meter (330 feet) long tunnels used for winter storage were discovered to the south of Mount Dugun, the Turkish General Staff said.

The network was uncovered during a counter-terrorism operation mounted by the gendarmerie and the “village guard” militia in Sirnak, which borders Iraq and Syria. Since the start of the operation on Oct. 22, two terrorists have been killed and a wounded terrorist captured.

Weapons including a machine gun, a sniper rifle, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, an M-16 and two AK-47 assault rifles, two grenades and documents have been seized, the statement added. The operation is ongoing.


Soldier martyred in clash with PKK in Bingöl

Aydın Arik and Abdullah Çelik - BINGÖL, Turkey(AA) - A clash between security forces and PKK terrorists left a soldier martyred and another wounded in eastern Bingol province Tuesday, according to a military source.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said the clash took place in the Yeniyazi neighborhood of Bingol's Genc district.

Operations in the district are currently underway to nab the assailants, the sources added.


Turkey resolute to clear Syria's Manbij of PYD/PKK

AA/ Ankara / Sultan Çoğalan - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Tuesday that Turkey would dislodge the PYD/PKK from Manbij should the terrorist group not leave the northwestern Syrian district as promised. 

"If the PYD/PKK do not leave Manbij -- we told this to the Americans as well -- we will remove them by our own means," said Cavusoglu during an interview aired on private Turkish channel Kanal 24.

The PYD/PKK has been enlarging its dominance west of the Euphrates River since last December and reinforcing its presence in the region in the fight against Daesh. 

The group has enlarged its borders through the northern parts of Manbij -- located in the northwestern Aleppo province -- after the city was cleared of Daesh militants with the support of Arab fighters and U.S airstrikes over the summer.

On Friday, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Ankara was waiting for the PKK/PYD to withdraw east of the Euphrates River.

The PKK and its Syrian offshoot the PYD are both listed as terrorist groups by Turkey although the U.S. and the EU only view the PKK as a terrorist organization.

Operation Euphrates Shield was launched in August to rid the north Syrian border area of terrorists. The campaign has seen both Daesh and the PKK/PYD targeted by the Free Syrian Army and Turkish tanks, artillery and aircraft.



Gulten Kisanak

Diyarbakır City Mayor, Gülten Kışanak

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