Turkey launches new phase of anti-terror op in east

Turkey launches new phase of anti-terror op in east

ANKARA-Anadolu Agency
Turkey launches new phase of anti-terror op in east

Turkey launched the third phase of a domestic anti-terror operation, the Interior Ministry announced on July 27.

The Interior Ministry statement said Operation Yıldırım-3 Mt. Ağrı is underway in the eastern Ağrı and Igdir provinces as well as northeastern Kars

The operation was launched to "completely eliminate the separatist terror group from the country's agenda and to neutralize terrorists taking shelter in the region".

A total of 1,170 security personnel, including gendarmerie commandos and police special forces as well as village guards, are taking part in the operation, added the statement.

Operations against terrorists in the region will continue without pause, the statement noted.

Previously, the ministry said Operation Yıldırım-2 Cilo was launched on July 19 to neutralize PKK terrorists in the region.

Operation Yıldırım-3 Cilo also included a total of 1,106 security personnel including gendarmerie commandos, gendarmerie special forces, police special forces, and local security teams.

A total of eight terrorists were neutralized in the anti-terror operations - Operation Yıldırım- launched on July 13, according to sources speaking to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

Twelve caves, shelters and storages were also destroyed as part of the operation, and some arms and ammunition were seized, said the sources.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.