Turkish intelligence kills PKK’s top female operative in Iraq – report

Turkish intelligence has killed a top operative of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in an operation in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Nov. 19, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.

Beraat Afşin, a senior figure in the group, which has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey for more than three decades, was on Turkey’s most-wanted terrorists list, Anadolu said. 

Turkish authorities had placed a 4 million lira ($693,000) bounty for the capture of Afşin, who joined the PKK in 1997, Anadolu said.  

Turkey started Operation Claw against the PKK in northern Iraq in May and has been sending armed drones to conduct targeted strikes on PKK members since then. 

Turkey first proved it could carry out targeted assassinations from the air when it hit the convoy of PKK commander Zaki Shingali in Sinjar and killed him in August 2018.