Two Turkish special operations police officers were killed and two others were wounded when the PKK’s Syrian offshoot carried out a terrorist attack in northern Syria, Turkey’s interior minister said on Oct. 10. The casualties occurred when YPG/PKK terrorists attacked an armored vehicle with a guided missile in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, Süleyman Soylu said on Twitter. Turkey has been carrying out operations against terrorist groups in northern Iraq and Syria, particularly against the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the YPG. In northern Iraq, terrorists have been “neutralized” as part of Operation Pençe-Şimşek and Operation Pençe-Yıldırım since 2019. These have been carried out in addition to three successful anti-terror operations across Turkey’s 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