Turkey: 27 civilians killed in PKK attacks in 2018

By Sertac Bulur

ANKARA (AA) – The terrorist organization PKK killed 27 civilians in 2018, the Turkey's Interior Ministry said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry said PKK's terrorist attacks targeted women and children as well.

The statement said that PKK terrorists killed seven civilians during Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in northern Syria, identifying them as Nadi Al Faras, Sahin Elitas, Muzaffer Aydemir, Tareq Tabbaq, Fatma Avlar, Rifat Sinirli, and Ahmet Sanverdi.

On Jan. 20, 2018 Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin. On March 18, Turkish troops and the Free Syrian Army liberated the Afrin district center.

In March 2018, in Yuksekova district of the southeastern Hakkari province, 10-year-old Berat Oktay was killed when an explosive device planted by the PKK went off.

In May 2018, in southeastern Mardin’s Nusaybin town, 11-year-old Hogir Kayran lost his life when an improvised PKK explosive was set off.

In July 2018 a roadside bombing by the PKK terrorist organization killed Nurcan Karakaya and her 11-month-old son Mustafa in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

The bomb exploded when a car carrying the civilians passed through the Yuksekova district.

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PKK also threatened civilians and executed those who refused to cooperate with the terrorist organization.

One of those victims was Mevlut Bengi who was kidnapped and killed by the PKK in the eastern Dogubayazit district of Agri province.

Another victim — Veysi Saskin — was shot by a PKK terrorist in his village in Silvan district of Diyarbakir in March 2018.

Kadir Arslan was also kidnapped and killed by the PKK in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

The 18-year-old Engin Kenanoglu was killed in an attack by PKK terrorists in southeastern Sirnak province while he was collecting firewood in March 2018.

The terrorists also killed Nurullah Kilicaslan in a forest in southeastern Bitlis province.

Hikmet Akar in southeastern Siirt province and Mehmet Ozdemir in southeastern Tunceli were also killed by the PKK terrorists.

Mustafa Guner, a local government official, burned to death in June 2018 when PKK terrorists set his car alight.

In July, the PKK terrorists killed Remzi Guler and his son Mahmut Guler in Diyarbakir’s Lice district, for "spying for the Turkish government".

Nurettin Karadeniz was killed on July 28 in Agri province when a mine planted by the terrorists went off.

On Sept.17, Selman Oztunc and Ubeyit Adiyaman were killed in Sirnak’s Beytussebap district and their cars were set ablaze.

Ali Cam was killed on Oct.9 in Hakkari’s Cukurca district in a PKK terrorist attack on a Turkish military outpost on the Iraqi border.

Erol Tekin was killed on Oct.25 by the terrorist organization for supporting the Turkish government.

On Nov.24 Ridvan Acar succumbed to his wounds he sustained in a missile attack by the PKK in Hakkari’s Cukurca district.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including women and children.

Turkey: Nearly 1,750 terrorists 'neutralized' in 2018

             By Diyar Guldogan</p>    <p>ANKARA (AA) - At least 1,746 terrorists were &quot;neutralized&quot; in counter-terror operations across Turkey in 2018, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.</p>    <p>Turkish authorities often use the word &quot;neutralized&quot; in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.</p>    <p>The ministry said in a statement that around 131,000 anti-terror operations were conducted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.</p>    <p>The security forces arrested some 235,000 suspects for crimes linked to drugs and smuggling, some 75,000 others for aiding and abetting terror organizations, and more than 6,000 suspects for human trafficking. </p>    <p>The forces also seized some 1,650 hand grenades, 23 tons of explosive material, over 800 improvised explosives, some 1,100 long-barreled weapons and 503,000 ammunition.</p>    <p>In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children. 

A total of 265,169 irregular migrants were caught during the operations, according to the statement.

Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross to Europe, especially since 2011 when the Syrian civil war began.

Turkey held at least 500 irregular migrants over week

             By Can Erozden</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - Turkish security forces held at least 500 irregular migrants over the last week, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.</p>  <p>The Turkish Coast Guard rounded up 536 irregular migrants in 12 interventions -- including those on migratory routes -- on Dec. 21-28, the ministry announced on its website.</p>  <p>All the irregular migrants were held in western Turkey, since they were trying to cross to Greece.</p>  <p>The ministry gave no details on the migrants’ nationalities.</p>  <p>In addition, 12 human smugglers were arrested by Turkish gendarmes and police.</p>  <p>Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria in 2011.</p>  <p> 

Turkey: 26 terrorists 'neutralized' over past week

              By Cankut Tasdan and Sertac Bulur</p>    <p>ANKARA (AA) - At least 26 PKK terrorists were &quot;neutralized&quot; in counter-terrorism operations across Turkey over the past week, the country's Interior Ministry said on Monday.</p>    <p>Turkish authorities often use the word &quot;neutralized&quot; in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.</p>    <p>The ministry said in a statement that a total of 2,817 anti-terror operations were conducted between Dec. 3 and 10.</p>    <p>One terrorist was killed, 19 were captured, while another six terrorists surrendered to Turkish security forces, the statement said.</p>    <p>Security forces seized two hand grenades, 428 kilograms of explosive material, four improvised explosives, 21 long-barreled weapons and 2,027 ammunition.</p>    <p>In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.</p>    <p>The security forces also arrested 3,290 suspects for crimes linked to drugs and smuggling, 926 others for aiding and abetting terror organizations and 187 suspects for human trafficking.</p>    <p>A total of 4,567 irregular migrants were caught during the operations, according to the statement.

Tunisia dismantles ‘terrorist cells’: Interior Ministry

By Yousra Wannas

TUNIS (AA) – The Tunisian authorities have broken up four “terrorist sleeper cells” that had been planning attacks inside the North African country, according to the Interior Ministry.

In a statement released Thursday evening, the ministry said at least 12 people — constituting four “sleeper cells” — had been arrested by Tunisian security forces.

“A significant quantity of explosive and chemical materials — including toxic gases, electronic components and a drone — were confiscated,” the statement read.

Earlier this month, Interior Minister Hisham al-Furati announced that security forces had thwarted several attacks by the Daesh terrorist group.

Last month, a woman blew herself up in capital Tunis, killing herself and injuring dozens of passersby.

Turkey: Over 330 irregular migrants held in a week

By Aykut Karadag

ANKARA (AA) – At least 332 irregular migrants were held across Turkey over the last week, the country’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

In a statement, the ministry said the Turkish Coast Guard held a total of 332 irregular migrants during operations conducted on Nov. 2-9.

Turkey has been the main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011 when the Syrian civil war began.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Coast Guard also rescued 177 migrants in Anamur and Erdemli districts of the southern Mersin province, Ayvalik district of the northwestern Balikesir province, Foca and Seferihisar districts of the western Izmir province and Ayvacik district of northwestern Canakkale province.

The statement added that three human smugglers were also arrested.

Turkey crosses off 4 wanted senior PKK terrorists

By Muhammed Boztepe

ANKARA (AA) – Security forces "neutralized" four so-called senior figures of the PKK terror organization on Nov. 1-8 across southeastern Turkey, according to Interior Ministry sources.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkey divides wanted terrorists into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and grey.

Bedirhan Abo in the "red category", Muslim Firtina in the "green category", Selim Demiroglu in the "orange category" and Ilyas Karakoc in the "grey category" were among those neutralized with a total bounty of $5.9 million, according to ministry sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Amid increasing pressure on the terror group, security forces neutralized 113 terrorists last month — including Yusuf Tunc who was wanted in the ministry’s “grey category” — with operations ongoing in Turkey’s eastern and southeastern regions as well as across the border in neighboring Iraq.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

Turkey: 25 terrorists 'neutralized' over past week

By Sertac Bulur

ANKARA (AA) – At least 25 PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in counter-terrorism operations across Turkey over the past week, the country’s Interior Ministry said Monday.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

The ministry said in a statement that a total of 2,912 anti-terror operations were conducted between Oct. 8 and 15.

A total of 14 terrorists were killed, five were captured, while another six terrorists surrendered to Turkish security forces, the statement said.

In eight provinces 35 shelters of the terrorist organization were destroyed, while security forces seized 22 hand grenades, 20 improvised explosives and mines, 653 kilograms (1,440 pounds) of explosive material, 17 long-barreled weapons and 1,881 rounds of ammunition.

Additionally, a total of 848 were arrested for aiding and abetting the terror group, the statement added.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

Meanwhile, the security forces also arrested 4,402 suspects for crimes linked to drugs and smuggling, 339 others for human trafficking, according to the statement.

A total of 7,276 irregular migrants were caught during the operations, according to the statement.

Turkey's war on drugs in 2018 strikes major blow to PKK

By Aykut Karadag

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's campaign against drug trafficking in the first nine months of the year has struck a major blow to the PKK terrorist organization's access to financial resources, said the Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

According to the ministry’s statement, Turkish security forces conducted over 108,105 anti-drug trafficking operations and seized drugs worth 2.83 billion Turkish liras (around $467 million).

In the operations, 149,836 suspects were arrested, while 59.3 tons of cannabis, 13 tons of heroin and a ton of cocaine were seized by security forces.

Drug trafficking is one of the main sources of funds for the terrorist organizations.

A Turkish police report released on Sept. 26 revealed the PKK terrorist organization is active in all the phases of drug-trafficking including the production, delivery, distribution, and sales.

PKK terrorist organization earns $1.5 billion from drug trafficking annually, said the 2018 Turkish National Drug Report that contains the data of previous year.

The terror group reportedly produces heroin in laboratories established in its camps in northern Iraq and sells it to Europe.

In its production process, the PKK terrorist organization forces civilians to produce cannabis roots in eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey and uses that money to fund terror activities.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including women and children.

Turkey: 23 terrorists 'neutralized' over past week

By Diyar Guldogan

ANKARA (AA) – At least 23 PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in counter-terrorism operations across Turkey over the past week, the country’s Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

The ministry said in a statement that a total of 2,421 anti-terror operations were conducted between Oct. 1 and 8.

Seven terrorists were killed, four were captured, while another 12 terrorists surrendered to Turkish security forces, the statement said.

Security forces seized 24 hand grenades, 303 kilograms (668 pounds) of explosive material, 45 improvised explosives, 25 long-barreled weapons and 3,048 ammunition.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

The security forces also arrested 4,475 suspects for crimes linked to drugs and smuggling, 774 others for aiding and abetting terror organizations and 101 suspects for human trafficking.

A total of 7,303 irregular migrants were caught during the operations, according to the statement.