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Turkey's special ops 'Maroon Berets' launch operation against PKK

Special Forces were deployed to a position near Turkey's southeastern border with Iraq to launch the final offensive against the separatist terror group

News Service Yeni Şafak
Maroon Berets, the special operation team of the Turkish military, have been deployed to Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari on Tuesday to fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists.

Reports said that the Special Forces units, known as "Bordo Bereliler" in Turkish, were deployed on Gerdan Tepe of Yeşilova village close to the Iraq border in Şemdinli District.

The move came after a group of PKK terrorists opened fire on vehicles working for road construction in the area.

Meanwhile, combat helicopters hit some pre-determined points used by PKK terrorists.

It was unclear the whether the special forces engage direct action against the PKK so far.



The operation was part of an ongoing mega operation against the PKK in Hakkari, that killed more than 300 terrorists in recent weeks.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU, has been conducting armed conflict in southeastern Turkey for over three decades, killing more than 40,000 civilians.

Turkey's military intensified operations against the terrorist group last summer, when the PKK broke the two-year-long cease-fire with Ankara.

Since then, nearly 800 terrorists have been killed, and major cities have been cleaned from terror elements by security forces.



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