Dall’ottobre del 2016 le forze armate turche hanno ucciso 2.008 membri del Partito dei Lavoratori del Kurdistan (Pkk) mentre alcune centinaia sono state ferite, catturate o hanno ceduto volontariamente alle autorità. Secondo il giornale “Yeni Safak”, nell’ultimo anno l’esercito di Ankara ha condotto 413 operazioni aeree e terrestri anti-Pkk all’interno e all’esterno del Paese.
Allo stesso tempo, 199 operazioni nell’Iraq settentrionale erano destinate a sconfiggere i militanti del Pkk. Complessivamente, lo sforzo di un anno ha portato alla neutralizzazione di 2.759 militanti.
Since October 2016, the Turkish Armed Forces have killed a total of 2,008 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara, while hundreds more have wounded, captured or voluntarily surrendered to the authorities, local media reported Tuesday. According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, over the last year, the Turkish military has conducted 413 air and land anti-PKK operations inside and outside Turkey, bringing together over 5,000 Turkish servicemen. At the same time, 199 operations were aimed at taking down PKK militants in northern Iraq. In total, the year-long effort resulted in the neutralization of 2,759 PKK militants, the news outlet added. Earlier in the month, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that Ankara had managed to prevent 515 terrorist attacks in the country over the course of the year.
In late September, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing Soylu, that the Turkish security forces had carried out 40,000 operations against the PKK in 12 months. In 2015, a ceasefire between Ankara and the Kurdish pro-independence PKK broke down following a number of terror attacks allegedly committed by PKK members. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), around 2,000 people were killed in southeast Turkey, which is predominantly Kurdish, in Turkish military operations.