The Turkish military announced on Sunday, September 13, that three Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants had been 'neutralized' during the course of an operation in Sirnak province. The militants were targeted during an air-backed operation by local gendarmerie forces in the Bestler Dereler region of the province. The incident took place during part of the wider Operation Yildirim-11, which was launched on Friday, September 11, and covers the provinces of Siirt and Sirnak. Operation Yildirim-11 is reportedly ongoing. The Turkish military uses the term 'neutralized' to denote individuals killed or captured.
Further clashes between Turkish forces and PKK militants are likely while the operation continues. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transportation and business should be expected.
Turkey has faced a Kurdish insurgency since 1984, spearheaded by the PKK, which was renewed in 2015 following the dissolution of a ceasefire. The conflict has left over 40,000 people dead since 1984 and associated violence continues to pose a significant security risk in southeastern Turkey.
Those in the above areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. The security environment in the above region remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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