Turkish Interior Minister announces elimination of more than 3,000 terrorists
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 16
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Over the past two years (2017-2018), the Turkish Armed Forces have eliminated 3,300 terrorists as part of the anti-terrorist operations in the country and abroad, said Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Trend reports referring to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey.
He noted that the militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Islamic State terrorist organization are among those killed.
Soylu stressed that Turkey will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist in the country.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has lasted more than 25 years, claiming more than 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN and the EU.
On Jan. 20, 2018, Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.
On Aug. 24, 2016, the Turkish Armed Forces launched the Operation Euphrates Shield against the "Islamic State", and with the support of the Syrian opposition liberated the border town of Jarablus, as well as Al-Bab in northern Syria.
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