At least 21 suspects were arrested Friday during anti-terror operations across Turkey, according to a security official and Turkish military.
In southeastern Sanliurfa province, a PKK terrorist was detained while attempting to illegally enter Turkey from Syria, the Turkish General Staff said on its website.
In central Kayseri province-based counter-terrorism operation, 10 Daesh terror suspects, including their co-called agriculture minister, were arrested, a security official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media, told Anadolu Agency.
Separately, 10 Iraqis were arrested during an anti-Daesh operation in the Black Sea province of Samsun.
More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015.
Moreover, over 300 people have lost their lives in Daesh-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terror organization has targeted civilians in suicide bomb, rocket and gun attacks.
Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart Daesh attacks.
PKK/PYD admits forming so-called army in Syria
A so-called leader of the SDF -- the U.S.-backed group in Syria that is largely controlled and manned by the PKK/PYD terrorist group -- has admitted that they are aiming at forming their own army in the country."We are rebuilding our own army to be ready to deal with any threat from anyone who wants to invade the cities we liberated alongside the coalition," Abdul Qader Effedili said, according to the British daily, The Times. Effedili argued that Turkey, Iran, and the regime forces would be happy to take back the SDF-controlled areas.Anadolu Agency previously reported that the PKK/PYD -- PKK's Syrian affiliate which has seized a quarter of Syrian territory -- was forming a so-called army with the U.S. support.Also previously, the U.S. said they would continue to support the PKK/PYD in Syria's eastern Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor provinces, home to some of the country's most productive oilfields.The latest news comes after the U.S. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel announced on Dec. 22, 2017 that they would establish border protection forces in Syria, which he said would help prevent the resurgence of Daesh.Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Philip Kosnett in capital Ankara to express its "discomfort" over the U.S support for the PKK/PYD terror group, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.A group of around 400 terrorists were reportedly trained by the U.S. through the Pentagon and the CIA near eastern Aleppo's Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates River and in the southern Hasakah province.UK 'aware' of links between PKK and PYD/YPGUS backs terrorist PKK/PYD's 'regular army' project
Syrian tribes pledge support for Turkey, vow to liberate PKK/PYD-occupied regions
The Supreme Council of Syrian Tribes and Clans has vowed to fight against terror organizations and liberate regions under the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian affiliate, the PYD, pledging Arab tribes’ support for Turkey in any upcoming operation inside the country. Speaking exclusively to Yeni Şafak, the head of Syria’s Supreme Tribal Council and leader of the Shuayitat tribe Rafea Oqla al-Rajw said that the union formed during the group’s last meeting in Turkey’s Şanlıurfa back in March included 60 clans and 20 tribes, encompassing over 80 percent of those found in Syria. Elected as head of the council at a meeting that took place during Dec. 10 -13 last year and attended by 354 tribal leaders, al-Rajw noted that the symposium was also attended by tribal heads from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and it aimed at protecting Syria’s territorial integrity and fighting against all terror organizations, including the PKK/PYD.US to recognize terrorist PKK ‘state’ in SyriaCountry will not be abandoned to occupying forces“The PKK/PYD are our most dangerous enemy. We will not abandon our country to any occupying forces such as the PKK/PYD, Daesh, Russia and the regime and its affiliates, the U.S. or Iranian militias. Even if the PKK says it fights against Daesh, they’re two terror organizations that are one and the same,” said al-Rajw. Al-Rajw pointed that former regime official General Sukkar al-Moussa al-Hayyal, who was one of Daesh’s emirs, currently lives in a palace in PKK-occupied regions, pointing that PKK terrorists seized the deeds, IDs and properties of those fleeing Syria.“We will regain control over our lands even if we have to fight with forks and spoons. In order to begin work on restoring the infrastructure in these areas, we first have to eradicate the PYD occupation,” stressed al-Rajw.The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.U.S. behind terror organizations“We set off as tribes in coordination with Turkey. However, we don’t receive funding from Turkey, we get that from the tribes in Kuwait and Qatar. Our blood and our path is the same as Turkey’s. We can only play a role with Turkey by our side,” said al-Rajw. “We definitely have no contact or links on this issue with either the U.S. or the West. This is a completely false accusation. We’re against the American project. They’re behind terrorism. They summoned their gangs and terrorists from Mount Qandil. The U.S. is actually the party that creates and spreads terror,” continued al-Rajw. “We know very well that Europe is just like the U.S., they don’t look out for the Syrian people’s interests. The only fraternal and friendly country who has Syrians’ best interest is Turkey,” al-Rajw stressed.Turkish FM warns against giving free hand to terroristsUS attempts to incite Syria’s Arab tribes against Turkish ArmyWe stand united with Turkey“We back all operations carried out by Turkey in Syria. We stand united with Turkey. We’ll even be at the forefront so that no harm will come to Turkey. We spoke before with the tribes located in Idlib and they expressed their desire for Turkey to intervene, noting that they are ready to put an end together to the PKK and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror, pledging all kinds of support. We also supported the Idlib and Euphrates Shield operations. Today there are a few problems in the Euphrates Shield regions. Some groups have different agendas,” said al-Rajw in reference to any possible cross-border operation by Turkey. “If it weren’t for Turkey, there wouldn’t be such a region and people wouldn’t have been able to come back. We know that we’re forever indebted to the Turkish people and we want to do whatever is necessary in this regard,” concluded al-Rajw.In the wide-ranging Euphrates Shield Operation launched in August 2016, the Free Syrian Army -- with the support of the Turkish army -- had cleared 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of land along the Turkish-Syrian border of terrorist elements.Ankara summons US charge d’affaires over Syria issueUS backs terrorist PKK/PYD's 'regular army' projectUS to build airport for PKK terrorists in Syria’s Raqqa
Police nabs 43 PKK-linked terror suspects in Istanbul
A total of 43 suspects linked to PKK terrorist group were nabbed during anti-terror operations, a police official said on Wednesday.Anti-terrorism teams of Istanbul police launched the operation in seven different provinces to arrest the suspects, said the official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.Many papers and digital documents related to PKK terrorist organization were also seized in the operation.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children.The PKK has also been active in Syria, through its PKK/PYD and PKK/YPG branches.