Turkey launches new anti-terror operation in east, southeast
Over 2,100 personnel to join Operation Eren Winter-3 in Bingol, Diyarbakir provinces
Turkey has started a new anti-terror operation in the country's eastern and southeastern provinces against the PKK terror group, the Interior Ministry announced on Monday.
The operation, dubbed Eren Winter-3 Martyr Gendarmerie Major Ercan Kurt Lice-Saggozu, in the Bingol and Diyarbakir provinces aims to completely eliminate separatist terror groups, and neutralize terrorist hide-outs in the region, the ministry said in a statement.
A total of 2,103 security personnel and 134 operational teams will participate in the operation.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.