Turkish security forces have prevented 130 terrorist attacks so far this year, including 126 by the PKK, three by ISIL and one by an extreme leftist terror group, a spokesman for Turkey’s AKP said on Sept. 13.
“Anti-terror operations carried out by our Interior Ministry continue in 15 regions. Similarly, Pence [Claw] operations launched by the Turkish Armed Forces continue in northern Iraq,” Ömer Çelik told reporters during a meeting of the AK Party’s Central Executive Board headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the capital Ankara.
Turkey’s counter-terrorism operations continue decisively in coordination with the Interior Ministry and the National Defense Ministry, Çelik said.
In northern Iraq, Turkey has carried out a series of offensives under Operation Pence (Claw) since 2019, along with three successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria since 2016: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Peace Spring (2019).
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.
Hurriyet Daily News