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.

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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.

49 PKK/KCK suspects arrested across Turkey

By Muhammed Boztepe

ANKARA (AA) – Security forces arrested 49 PKK/KCK terror suspects across Turkey including a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) provincial head on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the arrests were made in capital Ankara as well as the country’s southeastern Batman, Agri, Mus, Mardin and Sanliurfa provinces.

One of the suspects was Batman chief of the HDP Nizamettin Toguc, the statement said.

Security forces have arrested a total of 137 PKK/KCK suspects in operations in the last two days.

88 PKK/KCK suspects arrested across Turkey

By Kemal Karadag

ANKARA (AA) – At least 88 suspected PKK/KCK terror suspects were arrested across Turkey on Friday, the country’s Interior Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the anti-terror branch teams of police in seven provinces conducted an operation in order to prevent any possible terrorist activities as anniversary of Oct. 6-7 events approaches.

On Oct. 6-7, 2014, two police officers and 31 civilians were killed by PKK terrorists following an unauthorized demonstration, which started with the call of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), on the pretext of Daesh terror group’s attack in Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), a northern Syrian city.

During the operation, 23 suspects were arrested in Izmir province, 15 in Van, 14 in Adana, 15 in Erzurum, 13 in Mardin, six in Kars and two in Mus.

Arms, drugs, organizational documents and digital materials were also seized in the raids.

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.

Wanted PKK terrorist ‘neutralized’ in southeast Turkey

By Orhan Onur Gemici

ANKARA (AA) – A wanted PKK terrorist was among the terrorists “neutralized” in an operation carried out in Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province on Sept. 6, the country’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

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 Interior Ministry said the terrorist with a codename Cuma Mardin was “neutralized” in an airstrike in Nusaybin district.

The terrorist was in the red category of the ministry's wanted terrorists, the statement added.

The Interior Ministry's wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray.

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: 28 terrorists 'neutralized' over past week

By Sertac Bulur

ANKARA (AA) – At least 28 PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in counter-terrorism operations across Turkey over the past week, the 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.

In a statement, the ministry said the Turkish Armed Forces carried out 2,429 ground and air operations on Sept. 24-Oct. 1.

The ministry said nine of the terrorists were killed, 11 captured, and eight others surrendered to authorities.

Security forces also arrested 4,204 people for crimes linked to drugs and smuggling, and 681 people for aiding and abetting terror organizations.

A total of 8,610 irregular migrants were rounded up during the operations.

In addition, security forces seized 13 hand grenades, 506 kilograms of explosive chemicals, seven improvised explosives, 20 long-barreled weapons, and 1,567 ammunition.

Security forces also destroyed 11 terrorist shelters, including several caves across three provinces in Turkey.

Additionally, over 1.5 tons of narcotics, 105,964 cannabis roots, 480,084 drugs, and 75,821 liters of smuggled fuel were seized, the statement said.

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.  

PKK terror group suffers heavy blow in eastern Turkey

By Yunus Okur and Cemal Asan

ERZURUM/VAN, Turkey (AA) – YPG/PKK terrorists in eastern Turkey have dealt a heavy blow in first nine months of 2018 as operations of Turkish security forces continue.

According to data compiled by Anadolu Agency, a total of 307 YPG/PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in eastern Turkey in 2018, including six on the red category of the Interior ministry's wanted list as well as other senior figures of the terror group.

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 Interior Ministry's wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray.

The operations in eastern Turkey were conducted in provinces of Erzurum, Erzincan, Tunceli, Agri, Kars, Van, Mus, Bitlis, Hakkari and Bingol between Jan. 1-Sept. 26.

The neutralized six terrorists on the red list included Medeni Sayilgan, Musa Cetiner, Ismail Ozden, Sefer Acar, Ibrahim Coban and Yusuf Sek.

Sayilgan was the terror group's so-called Erzurum representative, while Cetiner was the Dersim region head, Ozden was PKK/KCK executive council member, Acar was PKK/KCK's so-called “Garzan province” head, and Coban was the planner of multiple terror events.

Cetiner, other than being placed on the red wanted list, had a bounty of 4 million liras (around $650,000) on his head by the ministry.

Behcet Arvas, also among the neutralized terrorists, was one of the attackers against main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's convoy in August 2016 in Black Sea province of Artvin.

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. YPG is the terror group's Syrian branch.