The Turkish Armed Forces on Saturday shot down a bomb-laden drone belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization, as part of an ongoing counterterrorism operation launched in the Tendürek Mountain located in Turkey’s eastern province of Ağrı.
A separate motor to pull the pin out of the grenade was discovered on the device that was disarmed by the Turkish forces.
The drone was a Chinese-made device, with a camera and capable of carrying rifle grenades, mortar shells and hand grenades, which could be controlled from a 300-meter range.
The Daesh terrorist organization had used this weapon against the Turkish army in the Euphrates Shield Operation in Syria.
Counterterrorism operations launched to neutralize PKK terrorists in the eastern Ağrı and Van provinces are ongoing. Air and land operations are being conducted to neutralize the terrorists.
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.
More than 100 PKK terrorists killed in Turkey in one week
A total of 115 terrorists were “neutralized” in counter-terrorism operations in Turkey and northern Iraq between Nov. 3 and Thursday, according to Turkish military Friday.In a written statement, Turkish General Staff said two soldiers were also martyred and 15 others wounded during the operations.The counter-terrorism operations were carried out in southeastern provinces of Sirnak’s Bestler-Dereler districts and Diyarbakir’s Lice district, and northern Iraq’s Zap and Avasin-Basyan districts.During the operations, 115 terrorists had been neutralized while nine arms, including rifles and machine guns, two rocket launchers, two anti-personnel mines, over 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of explosives, including plastic explosives, dynamites and TNT, 178 kilograms (392 pounds) of ammonium nitrate, 22 hand grenades, 5,822 various type of small arms ammunition, two 82 millimeters mortar ammunition, 11 RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenades, eight RPG-7 propelling cartridge, 63 fuses, 64 magazines, two walkie-talkies, two binoculars and 52 tubes were seized.Also, 21 improvised explosives were destroyed in controlled detonations. In addition, 75 weapon emplacements, shelters, caves and depots used by terrorist organization were destroyed.Operations were also being carried out against illegal trafficking and drugs, which are terrorist organization’s important financial revenue. As a result, 254,950 packets of smuggled cigarettes and 800 liters of liquid, more than 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds) of hashish, including powdered form, and 101 kilograms (222 pounds) of narcotics were seized.Also, 10,039 people were detained when they tried to cross the border illegally.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.Turkish jets kill 69 PKK terrorists in N IraqTurkey neutralizes 2,304 PKK terrorists in 11 monthsTurkish airstrikes hit terrorist PKK targets in N.Iraq
Turkish jets kill 69 PKK terrorists in N Iraq
The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) neutralized 69 terrorists nationwide in the aftermath of counterterrorism operations, according to an official statement. In a statement released on its official website, the Turkish General Staff said the armed terrorists were killed during an air raid in Mount Qandil, Zap and the Mount Asos regions of northern Iraq.Two weapons depots and a DShK anti-aircraft machine gun were also destroyed in the raid, the statement read.Another wanted PKK terrorist was killed late Wednesday in a separate counter terrorism operation in southeastern Diyarbakir province’s Lice district, according to governor’s office Friday.Veysel Demiral, who was known by his codename Brexwaden Sores, was killed while trying to flee in a minibus.Airstrikes on PKK targets in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in Qandil region near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed campaign against the Turkish government.As part of the ongoing operations in the Şırnak/Central Bestler Dereler region, two handmade explosives and one mine were detected and destroyed. One Kalashnikov infantry rifle and 60 Kalashnikov shotgun shells were seized. In Van’s Erciş, eight handmade explosives were discovered and destroyed in searches conducted by security forces. In addition to this, 36 kilograms of explosives, 30 electric fuses, 16 ignition devices and two key systems were seized.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and U.S. -- has killed more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians since the end of a fragile peace two years ago.
Erdoğan: We will eliminate all terrorists
“Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation and Idlib and Afrin operations result from the obligation to protect the rights of the people in the region, who are the relatives of the Turkish nation,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday in the commemoration ceremony on the 79th anniversary of the death of the country’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.Erdoğan hailed Atatürk as “one of the few leaders of the 20th century to lead a nation to victory.”“We must not stop with remembering Atatürk, but also try to understand him,” he added.Erdoğan heaped praise on the founder of the modern Turkish republic and highlighted the role of his leadership during the tumultuous times of the 20th century.Turkey marks Atatürk’s death with 'chains of respect'"In the troubled period of the [20th] century we see that in every country a leader emerged, in search for liberation led by him. Few of these leaders brought the countries to this victory and the desired success.“There is no doubt that Ataturk is one of these leaders," he said.He warned against the approach of using Atatürk to meet ideological targets."The problem here is that there is a mentality, that wants to use our nation’s symbol of independence, Gazi Mustafa Kemal, for their own ideological objectives."He said fascists and traitors, and their terror plots were being exposed in Turkey."Democratic-looking fascists have been revealed. The plot under the disguise of rights and law have also been revealed.Turkey comes to halt for annual remembrance of AtatürkTurkey must abide by National Pact principlesErdoğan said “We have to reclaim our War of Independence National Pact principles. If any attack comes from those territories, we have to do what is necessary,” adding that Turkey will disappoint those who aim to set fire to the region.“Leaving economic and political reasons aside, the reason for the security problems on the southern border of our country is concessions from the National Pact,” Erdoğan said.Elimination of terrorism“The traitors who infiltrated all institutions of the state for many years have been exposed. There are new opportunities that have arisen for Turkey. I believe our state will continue on its path in a stronger and more decisive way,” Erdoğan said.“We will continue to fight until we elimate all terrorists,” he added.US transports arms for PKK to Syria’s AfrinTurkish premier urges US to extradite FETÖ leader