Turkey neutralizes senior YPG/PKK terrorist in N.Iraq

Terrorist wanted by Interpol neutralized in joint operation of National Intelligence Service, Turkish Armed Forces

Sertac Bulur   | 25.02.2020
Turkey neutralizes senior YPG/PKK terrorist in N.Iraq


A senior YPG/PKK terrorist was neutralized in northern Iraq, according to Turkish security sources on Tuesday.

The terrorist Yahya Duman -- codenamed Sabri Tori -- was neutralized in a joint operation of the Turkish Armed Forces and National Intelligence Service (MIT), said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Duman joined the YPG/PKK terrorist group in 1993 and organized several terrorist attacks, including a 2016 raid on a police station in Mardin.

Sought by an Interpol Red Notice, he provided military and ideological training for the terrorist group in Iraq.

YPG/PKK terrorists often seek shelter in northern Iraq, just across the Turkish border, to plan terrorist attacks in Turkey.

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 nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

*Writing Seda Sevencan

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