Turkey announces new anti-terror operations, 30 PKK members ‘neutralised’

The Turkish Defence Ministry announced on Sunday that at least 23 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) had been ‘neutralised’ in northern Iraq, using Turkey’s preferred term for captured or killed combatants.

“According to initial assessment, 23 PKK terrorists have been neutralised in an aerial operation in Asos, 140 km deep in northern Iraq. The number is expected to rise,” the ministry said in a tweet.

In a separate announcement the ministry said another seven PKK members had been “neutralised” in northern Syria, in a retaliation operation for opening fire on Turkish-controlled areas in the region, called the Euphrates Shied Zone.

On the same day Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced the beginning of the first military operation for the fall season.

“As of yesterday, we have launched the first fall-winter operation with 1,600 personnel in 125  teams. Eren Blockade. Allah willing by Sept. 29, 2023, there will be not a single terrorist left in the countryside within the borders of this country,” Soylu said. “Of course the terrorists in parliament don’t count towards this.”

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