The PKK ( "Workers' Party of Kurdistan") is categorized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. The group resumed its thirty-year long armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.
Since then, the PKK terrorist attacks killed over 700 members of Turkish security forces. They have also killed more than 300 civilians, including one hundred children. At least 7,800 PKK terrorists were killed in army operations during the same period.
Police forces and the Turkish army launched attacks against positions of the separatist terrorist organization PKK and pursue its armed members in the south and southeast of the country and in northern Iraq in response to terrorist attacks by the organization within Turkey, which target civilians and members of security forces.
As part of anti-terrorist operations since the coup attempt last July 15, the Turkish armed forces killed over 500 PKK terrorists in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq. Since 31 August 2015, 43 senior executives of the PKK were killed or arrested.
7 detained over Istanbul blast
Hüseyin Bağış - Ayşe Hümeyra Atılgan - ISTANBUL (AA) – A total of seven suspects have been arrested over Thursday's blast in Istanbul, which left ten people injured, anti-terror police said Friday.
Among those apprehended, a suspected PKK terrorist, whose codename is "Mazlum" was caught with a fake ID card at a security checkpoint in the central Anatolian province of Aksaray accompanied by two other suspects.
The three were brought to Istanbul, police added.
The suspected PKK terrorist detonated a bomb-laden motorcycle Friday near a police station in Yenibosna neighborhood of Istanbul's Bahcelievler district, located on the European side of the city.Ten people were injured in the explosion, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin announced.
8 PKK terrorists 'neutralized' in Çukurca
Peshmerga won’t allow PKK to remain in Sinjar: Leader
İdris Okuducu - ERBIL, Iraq (AA) - Peshmerga forces will not allow members of the PKK terrorist group to remain in Iraq’s northern Sinjar district west of Daesh-held Mosul, Qasim Darbo, an Ezidi peshmerga leader told Anadolu Agency on Friday.
Referring to the group’s continued presence in Sinjar, Darbo asserted: "If PKK elements don’t withdraw from the area, we will expel them by force".
In August of 2014, Daesh militants captured much of Sinjar, killing hundreds of the region’s Ezidi residents.
In November of last year, however, peshmerga forces -- backed by armed Ezidi volunteers and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes -- managed to recapture the area.
According to Darbo, the PKK had "benefited" from Daesh’s temporary capture of Sinjar, and had since exploited the threat posed by the extremist group as a justification to remain in the region.
"We will not allow any outside powers to remain in the area except for Ezidi peshmerga soldiers," he said.
"If the PKK insists on maintaining a presence here, even after the expulsion of Daesh, we will be forced to seek help from Turkey -- or another country -- to secure the region," he added.
"The PKK is considered a terrorist organization that cannot bring either peace or stability," Darbo asserted. "It only brings chaos and conflict to the areas in which it operates."
The Ezidis are a religious minority, most of whose members live near Mosul and Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains region. Smaller Ezidi communities can also be found in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Georgia and Armenia.
In mid-2014, Daesh captured Mosul in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province (in which Sinjar is located), along with vast swathes of territory in the country’s northern and western regions.While recent months have seen the Iraqi army and its allies retake much territory, the terrorist group remains in firm control of Mosul, which Iraqi officials have vowed to recapture by year’s end.
- Ayşe Hümeyra Atılgan & Tutku Şenen & İdris Okuducu
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