Turkish intelligence fires top YPG member in Syria

The Syrian branch of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) PKK terrorist organization has fired a high-ranking official of the YPG in Syria.

According to information received by the Anadolu Agency (AA) from security sources, MIT is pursuing a militant named Mehmet Aidin, code-named “Rozwan Van”, who is believed to be in the Derbesieh district of Syria’s eastern Haskah province.

Aydın sought to be a member of the terrorist organization and was responsible for the activities of the terrorist group in Amude and Derbysiel.

Aidin, who was replaced in 2018, was identified by security forces as having been involved in abducting and threatening villagers in the Dortiol district of southern Hate province in 2013.

Aydın joined the PKK in 2005 and, according to sources, was active in Tunceli, Hatay and Afrin.

Security forces often carry out operations abroad where the terrorist organization is under threat. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) conducts border operations in northern Iraq, where PKK militants have secret bases and bases to carry out attacks on Turkey and northern Syria.

Most recently, the Turkish military killed 13 YPG militants in northern Syria near Turkey’s southern border, the defense ministry said Sunday.

The ministry said on Twitter that terrorists had attempted to attack an area under Operation Peace Spring Zone.

Furthermore, according to the ministry, large quantities of PKK ammunition were found in northern Iraq. The ministry said in a statement that operations against the terrorist organization were ongoing in the area.

A search and scanning operation by the commandos turned up 36,950 infantry rifle ammunition, 9,680 machine gun ammunition, 356 AP1 ammunition and 48 grenade launchers. , 46 Dochka machine gun ammunition and nine pieces of anti-tank rocket launcher ammunition were found.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry on Sunday announced the launch of a new counter-terrorism operation in Diyarbakir province.

The ministry said the operation was launched to remove the PKK from the Turkish agenda and eradicate terrorists hiding in the area, with 42 operational teams of 620 personnel from the Gendermary Special Operations Unit, Police Special Forces and Gendermary Command teams. Operation.

Turkish security forces regularly conduct counter-terrorism operations in the eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey, where the PKK has sought to establish a strong presence.

During the more than 40 years of terrorist propaganda against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has caused more than 40,000 deaths, including women, children and infants.

Another terrorist surrendered

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that another member of the PKK terrorist organization had surrendered to Turkish security forces.

The ministry explained that the terrorists surrendered after attempts to persuade the GenderMary General Command. According to the ministry, the surrendered militant joined the PKK last year and is operating in Iraq.

As a result of the efforts, the number of surrendered terrorist members has risen to 23 since the beginning of this year.

In Turkey, offenders associated with terrorist groups are entitled to reduced sentences under repentance law if they surrender.

Many suspected terrorists left the PKK and began to surrender, but many did not dare to leave the militant group for fear of being severely punished if caught.

In the last four years, the number of PKK terrorists in Turkey has dropped by 83%.

The PKK leadership is reportedly struggling to recruit militants and high-ranking officials. In addition, many terrorists are reluctant to enter Turkey from Iraq and carry out attacks because the death toll is high.

Protests by a group of families in front of the pro-PKK HDP headquarters in Diyarbakir, demanding the return of their sons and daughters who were recruited or kidnapped to fight for the militant group, also helped increase the number of surrenderees.

Calls made by families asking their children to return home and surrender, as well as efforts to persuade security forces were effective.

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