Turkish police prepare for a raid against PKK members in Mersin, southern Türkiye, Aug. 11, 2023. (İHA Photo)
In a significant development, Turkish security forces successfully neutralized 12 members of the PKK terrorist group's Syrian affiliate, the YPG, in northern Syria.
The operations took place in regions where Turkey had previously conducted operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch.
The Defense Ministry described these actions as a preemptive measure against potential terrorist attacks, underscoring the importance of maintaining security and stability in the region.
“The terrorists were “neutralized” by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as they were preparing for an attack in Syrian regions where operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch were conducted”, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.
Simultaneously, the Intelligence outfit also carried out a critical operation in Sinjar, northern Iraq, resulting in the elimination of Halid Reşo Kasım, known by the code name "Dindar Avesta."
Kasım, who held the position of the so-called security chief of the Iraqi district, played a significant role within the organisation.
His involvement spanned various facets, including training and recruitment divisions, and he was responsible for ordering numerous civilian casualties in Sinjar.
Turkey's resolute counterterrorism efforts have seen the neutralization of over 1,200 PKK/YPG terrorists since the start of the year.
The operations extend across borders, targeting terrorists hiding in Iraq and northern Syria.
The National Defense Ministry reported that Turkish soldiers responded swiftly to 317 incidents and attacks carried out by the PKK/YPG in areas associated with Türkiye's counterterrorism operations, resulting in the neutralization of 926 terrorists.