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28 Sep 2020 | 03:03 PM UTC

Turkey: Authorities announce capture of PKK militants in Sirnak province on September 28

Turkey News Alert

Turkish authorities announce capture of five PKK militants in Sirnak province on September 28; continued clashes likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Istanbul). COUNTRY/REGION Şırnak province, Silopi district (Şırnak province)

Event

Turkish authorities announced the capture of five Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Sirnak province on Monday, September 28. The militants allegedly crossed the border from Iraqi Kurdistan and surrendered in Silopi municipality following months of Turkish anti-PKK operations in northern Iraq.

Further Turkish military operations in southern Turkey and northern Iraq are likely over the near term. Retaliatory attacks in Turkey or against Turkish interests cannot be ruled out.

Context

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.

Advice

Those in the above areas are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. The security environment in Turkey's southeast region remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.

 

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