A PYD/PKK terrorist has surrendered to Turkish security forces in southeast Turkey, according to Turkish military on Tuesday.
In a statement posted on its website, the Turkish General Staff said the terrorist had fled the PYD/PKK camp and surrendered to security forces in Kızıltepe district of Mardin province on Monday.
The PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.
Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children.
In the southeastern Sirnak province, security forces seized a machine gun, a rocket launcher, a Kalashnikov rifle and a large number of ammunition during operation.
Also, Turkish security forces detonated an improvised explosive device and confiscated 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of ammonium nitrate in Dicle district of southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
Erdoğan: 3,400 terrorists ‘neutralized’ in Afrin op
A total of 3,400 terrorists have been “neutralized” since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday.“The Turkish military is ensuring our national security with the operation it is conducting successfully. So far, 3,400 terrorists have been neutralized,” Erdoğan said.“The mask of the terrorist organization which uses civilians as live shields and massacres children with booby traps is falling. We are conducting the operation to deliver Afrin to its true owners,” he added.The president reiterated that Turkey did not target civilians in its ongoing operation. “We never targeted civilians. If we did, the Afrin operation would long be completed,” he said.On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.Video: PKK/PYD terrorists block evacuation of civilians from Afrin“We will clear Afrin, Manbij and Syria’s north of terrorists. We will save the Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens in the region from the oppression of terror groups, and take steps toward the rebuilding of Syria,” Erdoğan said. According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria’s territorial integrity, it said.The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and that “utmost care” is being taken to avoid harming civilians.
PYD/PKK supporters vandalize mosque in Germany
A mosque in Germany’s northwestern city of Cologne was vandalized overnight by supporters of the PYD/PKK terror organization, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the country’s Turkish-Muslim community.The assailants spray-painted slogans such as “Everywhere is Afrin” on the walls of the Eyup Sultan Mosque, run by Turkish-German Muslim association DITIB.The PYD/PKK’s youth wing threatened recently to carry out violent attacks against Turkish community in Germany, to protest Turkey’s ongoing counterterrorism operation in northwestern Syrian city of Afrin.DITIB Chairman Nevzat Yasar Asikoglu has called on German authorities to do everything to arrest the assailants and increase security measures to protect places of worship.“There has been 25 attacks targeting mosques since Jan. 1,” Asikoglu told reporters, during his visit to Eyup Sultan Mosque in Cologne.“We are worried and concerned. We are expecting from authorities to take security measures and we are hoping for an end to these attacks,” he added.On Monday night, PYD/PKK supporters in Berlin attacked a Turkish restaurant with stones and smashed its windows.Over the weekend, several mosques, associations and shops were attacked by firebombs, in various cities across Germany.- Operation Olive BranchTurkey delivered a diplomatic note to Germany on Monday and asked for immediate measures to protect Turkish community from PYD/PKK violence.Germany has a 3 million-strong Turkish community, many of whom are second- and third-generation German-born citizens of Turkish descent whose grandparents moved to the country during the 1960s.The PKK has been banned in Germany since 1993, but it remains active, with nearly 14,000 followers among the country’s Kurdish immigrant population.Turkey has long asked for more serious measures against the PKK, which uses the country as a platform for their fund-raising, recruitment, and propaganda activities.Ankara launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear terrorist groups from Afrin in northwestern Syria amid growing threats posed from the region to Turkey.The Turkish General Staff has stressed that the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.The military also underlined that only terror targets are being destroyed and “utmost care” is being taken to not harm civilians.
PKK/PYD builds Pentagon base in Syria’s Afrin
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian branch, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) is constructing a terror base shaped similarly to the Pentagon in Syria’s Afrin where Turkey is currently carrying out Operation Olive Branch. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.The U.S. has troops stationed across eight military points, and also has multiple bases in the region. The United States has set up around 20 military bases in Syria on territory controlled by the PYD/YPG, Alexander Venediktov, an aide to Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, said in early March.Operation Olive Branch was initiated on Jan. 20 in Afrin to establish security and stability, eliminate PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists, and save locals from their oppression and cruelty.Afrin city center surrounded, says Turkish armyPentagon seeks to invest $550M in PYD/PKKThe Pentagon requested $300 million to train and equip the PYD/PKK terror group that goes by the name of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in February, and sought nearly as much to build the terror group-led “border security force” in Syria.The U.S. has supported the PKK/PYD under the name of the SDF that is considered by Ankara to be the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group that has waged a more than 30-year brutal war against the Turkish state.American support for the terror group has long vexed Ankara as Washington views the SDF as a “reliable partner” in its fight against Daesh and continues to provide it with arms and equipment in the face of strong objections by Turkey.