Operation Kıran to clear PKK from SE Turkey: Gendarmerie chief
VAN- Anadolu Agency
Launched in Van, Hakkari and Şırnak with 129 teams and 14 battalions, Operation Kıran will permanently establish Turkey's security in the region, gendarmerie chief Arif Çetin said at a military base in the Van countryside.
Çetin said the fight against terrorism would continue in a coordinated manner with operations under the directive of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Underlining that the majority of terrorists had been eliminated from Turkey's mountainous southeast, Çetin said that soon, all residents would be able to work their fields and go about their daily lives.
"We will work with our strength for the development and prosperity of our country," he said.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.