Turkey: Female terrorist says HDP helped her join PKK

                             By Huseyin Yahya Sekerci and Haydar Toprakci</p>  <p>ERZURUM, Turkey (AA) – A female PKK terrorist who surrendered to Turkish security forces spoke about the links between the PKK and the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).</p>  <p>The woman identified as B.E, told Anadolu Agency she joined the terrorist organization through HDP. </p>  <p>She joined at the age of 15 for two years and B.E said she surrendered to security forces after experiencing the dark sides of the PKK.</p>  <p>B.E. said she contacted HDP to join the terrorist organization and the pollical party asked her to leave her phone number to contact her.</p>  <p>“Later they [HDP] called me and brought me to the mountains,” she said.</p>  <p>She said there were many visits to PKK leaders by members of the HDP, including deputies and the co-leaders of the party. “There were also those who joined the organization [PKK] from the HDP,” she said.</p>  <p>Turkey's government accuses the HDP of having links to the PKK terror group. Several HDP lawmakers have been accused of attending the funerals of PKK terrorists.</p>  <p>In November 2016, then-HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtas, along with 12 of his party lawmakers, were arrested pending trial for terrorism-related offenses after their parliamentary immunity was lifted in May 2016.</p>  <p> </p>  <p>-Living conditions under PKK</p>  <p>There were many diffuculites on the mountain, said B.E. who faced problems including finding housing, food and heating.</p>  <p>B.E. witnessed how people joined the PKK to escape pressure from homes and to escape marriage.</p>  <p>Calling on people to stay away from the terrorist organization, B.E. described the PKK as a “swamp” she described as impossible to escape once in.</p>  <p> “The organization is really a swamp, you can't get out once you are in. The promises it gives are great, but the things it does are awful,” she said.</p>  <p>The organization does nothing but bring death to the people. It supposedly protects women, but the women who flee their homes and from marriages do not live there and die within two days -- what the organization does is to kill in two minutes,” she added.</p>  <p> “I regret the first day that I joined the organization, she added.</p>  <p> </p>  <p>- PKK’s unequal hierarchies</p>  <p>B.E said the so-called responsibilities of the PKK live more comfortable, stating that they wear the best quality shoes and coats and eat better food.</p>  <p> “Those who are newly recruited are living like under slavery,” she added, stating that there is a constant pressure coming from the higher positioned members.</p>  <p>Stating that she witnessed many executions by the PKK, B.E. said she witnessed three to four people who were executed because they were fleeing or trying to do it.</p>  <p>She said the bodies of these executed members were thrown in a corner without being buried.</p>  <p>Stating that she also faced abuses such as beating, B.E. said the PKK uses violence and isolation, which was the reason for her to flee.</p>  <p>B.E also said the PKK is spreading lies and threatens members by saying things like “if you escape, security forces will throw you out of a helicopter; soldiers will torture you; we will reach your family and harm them” which prevents members from fleeing.</p>  <p>“I saw those arrested and executed. They throw the arrested ones into a site and left them hungry and thirsty. When you see these people, you get afraid of getting caught while running away because you can't escape,” she added.</p>  <p>Stating the terrorist organization did not allow a 13-year-old child member to visit home, B.E. said this is only one of the PKK’s brutal rules.</p>  <p> </p>  <p>-Foreigners met PKK leaders</p>  <p>The female terrorist also said PKK leaders had contact with foreigners.</p>  <p>“There were people coming from Germany, from abroad. Those inside the organization tried to show themselves nice in front of these foreigners,” she said.</p>  <p>B.E. said foreigners would ask her about her age and call on the organization for letting a 15-year-old join the PKK.</p>  <p>Stating security forces treated her good after she surrendered, B.E. said she did not encounter any bad approach.</p>  <p>Speaking about the support of the Turkish security forces, B.E. said “they are doing their best to save those on the mountain”.</p>  <p>Calling on families to protect their children from running of to join the terrorist organization, B.E. called for education of the children and to prevent marriage in a young age.</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 40,000 people, including women and children.</p>  <p> 

Turkey: Explosives seized in southeast anti-PKK op

By Diyar Guldogan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish security forces have seized 150 kilograms of explosives during an operation against the terrorist PKK group in Turkey's southeastern Mardin province, the local governorship said Monday.

The operation was conducted on Saturday in the Harmankaya neighborhood of Omerli district, Mardin governor's office said in a statement.

An improvised explosive device was also seized during the operation.

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 continues anti-terror fight at home, abroad

             By Diyar Guldogan</p>    <p>ANKARA (AA) - Turkey continues its fight against all terror groups both at home and abroad, the national defense minister said on Monday.</p>    <p>&quot;We continue to fight against terrorist organizations and their members, including PKK, YPG, PYD, SDG and Daesh, particularly with the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), both at home and abroad,&quot; Hulusi Akar told military students at National Defense University in the capital Ankara. </p>  <p>Akar said Turkey’s fight will &quot;resolutely&quot; continue &quot;until the last terrorist is neutralized&quot;. </p>    <p>Turkish authorities often use the word &quot;neutralized&quot; in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.</p>    <p>The minister said there is no difference between PKK and its Syrian affiliate PYD/YPG.</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>Akar also said the army should be &quot;effective, dissuasive and esteemed&quot; not only to deal with the threats but also for Turkey's future.

Turkish jets 'neutralize' 6 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

By Diyar Guldogan

ANKARA (AA) – At least six PKK terrorists were "neutralized" on Sunday in northern Iraq, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced 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.

Airstrikes carried out in the Zap, Sinat-Haftanin and Hakurk regions neutralized terrorists plotting attacks on Turkish bases, the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkish jets also destroyed shelters and depots of the terrorists during the operation.

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.

Batman'da kayalıklar arasına gizlenmiş EYP bulundu

BATMAN (AA) – Batman'ın Sason ilçesinde terör örgütü PKK'ya yönelik operasyonda kayalıklar arasına gizlenmiş C4 patlayıcı ile amonyum nitrat karışımı el yapımı patlayıcı (EYP) bulundu.

Güvenlik kaynaklarından alınan bilgiye göre, Batman Jandarma Komutanlığı ekiplerince Sason ilçesi Başbaşı köyü kırsalında terör örgütü PKK'nın kış yapılanmasına yönelik operasyon başlatıldı.

Operasyonda, kayalıklar arasına gizlenmiş C4 patlayıcı ile amonyum nitrat karışımı ile pillerle hazırlanmış EYP düzeneği bulundu.

Sason Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı talimatıyla EYP kontrollü imha edildi.

Bölgede operasyonlar sürüyor.

Presidential system was 'turning point' for Turkey: VP

             By Zehra Melek Cat </p>  <p>ISTANBUL (AA) - Turkey’s vice president said Sunday that Turkey’s new presidential system represented a turning point in governance in the country. </p>  <p>In an interview with CNN Turk, Fuat Oktay emphasized the benefits of the new system’s streamlined decision-making and implementation in the context of the economic &quot;attack&quot; Turkey faced last August. </p>  <p>He stressed that the new system, adopted in a 2017 referendum, eliminated ambiguities and duplication in authority. </p>  <p>Oktay also said Ankara “would not allow” the PKK terrorist organization to establish a state in northern Syria. 

Reiterating plans to form a safe zone 32 kilometers (20 miles) deep into Syria in territory controlled by the terror group, he stressed that Turkey would "never" accept the formation of a new terror corridor beyond this frontier.

“This issue is about Turkey’s safety. Turkey has made the necessary preparations [to prevent this],” he added.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people. The YPG/PYD is the group's Syrian branch.

After two successful counter-terrorist operations since 2016 against the YPG/PYD in areas of Syria near Turkey's border, Turkey has promised a third in the coming months, east of the Euphrates River.

Oktay also praised the “warmth” of a Friday concert by Turkish pianist Fazil Say which he attended with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top government figures, as well as visiting U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

“I hope to see more of this type of event,” he said.

– International cooperation

Underlining that Ankara is looking to cooperate with various Latin American countries in such areas as biotechnology and health, Oktay said he had discussed the prospect of research cooperation in biotechnology as well as cancer and similar illnesses with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel when he visited Turkey earlier this month.

He said the two countries are currently working together to research vaccines and diabetes.

Oktay also encouraged Turkish businesses to invest in agriculture in places such as the African nations of Sudan and Niger, saying that Ankara would support them in any way possible.

İstanbul'daki terör operasyonu

İSTANBUL (AA) – İstanbul'da terör örgütü PKK'ya yönelik operasyonda gözaltına alınan 9 şüpheliden 7'si tutuklandı.

İstanbul Terörle Mücadele Şube Müdürlüğü ekiplerince, terör örgütü PKK/KCK adına molotofkokteylli gösteri ve araç yakma eylemlerine katılan, haklarında iletişim tedbiri uygulanan şüphelilerin görüşmelerinde suç unsuru tespit edilmesi ve kırsal alanda faaliyet gösterdikten sonra İstanbul'a gelen şüphelilerin yakalanmasına yönelik, 15 Ocak'ta Beyoğlu, Esenyurt ve Şişli'de belirlenen adreslere düzenlenen eş zamanlı operasyonla gözaltına alınan 9 şüphelinin emniyetteki işlemleri tamamlandı.

Emniyetteki işlemlerin ardından adliyeye sevk edilen şüphelilerden 7'si tutuklandı, 2'si adli kontrol şartıyla salıverildi.

US arming YPG ‘created a nightmare’ for Turkey: Senator

By Ahmet Salih Alacaci

ANKARA (AA) – By arming the YPG group in Syria, Washington “created a nightmare for Turkey,” said a senior U.S. senator during a visit to the Turkish capital on Saturday.

Underlining that the YPG/PYD is “clearly” tied to the PKK — listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union — Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that the U.S. strategy in Syria has the potential to cause harm to Turkey.

The South Carolina senator stressed the importance of protecting Turkey and solving the problem the U.S. “created” for Ankara, referring to U.S. support for the terrorist YPG/PYD in the name of fighting Daesh terrorists.

Graham, a member of Congress since 1995 and a senator since 2003, serves on the Senate's Armed Services Committee.

Turkey has long objected to the U.S. giving support and weapons to the YPG/PYD, arguing that using one terrorist group to fight another makes no sense.

Turkey has said it will soon launch a counter-terrorist operation against the YPG/PYD in Syria, east of the Euphrates River, near the Turkish border.

There has been friction between Ankara and Washington over the upcoming operation amid the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people. The YPG/PYD is the group's Syrian branch.

Turkey won't stop until it drains terror from Syria

             By S. Ahmet Aytac </p>  <p> ANKARA (AA) - Turkey won’t stop until it eradicates the terrorists from neighboring Syria, said the head of Turkey’s presidential communications on Friday.</p>  <p>“We won't stop until we drain the terrorist swamp next door. We won’t rest until justice is served,” presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun wrote on Twitter </p>  <p>“Terrorists have killed more than 2,000 innocent people in Turkey since 2015. Many of those attacks were planned in northern Syria. The Turkish people have suffered more than their fair share,” Altun added. </p>  <p>Turkey has said it will soon launch a counter-terrorist operation in northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River, targeting the terrorist PKK/YPG.</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 death of some 40,000 people. The PYD/YPG is the group's Syrian branch. </p>  <p> 

2 PKK terrorists surrender in Turkey

By Muslum Etgu

SANLIURFA, Turkey (AA) – Two YPG-PYD/PKK terrorists operating in Syria surrendered to security forces in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, the security directorate said on Thursday.

According to a statement, the terrorists surrendered in Akcakale district by crossing the Turkey-Syria border.

One of the terrorists had been working for the terror group for six years, while the other for three years, it added.

The terrorists told security forces that they wanted to flee but the group’s senior figures did not let them, the statement added.

In its 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has taken some 40,000 lives. The YPG/PYD is its Syrian branch.