Turkey ‘neutralizes’ Senior member of Kurdish group in Syria

A member of the Kurdish internal security services known as Asayish stands guard as Syrian Kurds demonstrate in the northeastern city of Qamishli on January 20, 2021. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization “neutralized” a senior Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) member in northern Syria, according to sources on Monday. 

Turkish news outlets cited security sources but with the condition of anonymity as saying that Turkish intelligence forces “neutralized” Siham Mislih, a senior PKK member in the region.

Turkey uses “neutralize” term for targets who have been killed or wounded.

Mislih, code-named codenamed “Mizgin Kobani,” was one of the senior PKK members in Syria’s Ayn Issa, who was mostly active in Turkey’s cross-border “Peace Spring” Operation area in the region, according to Anadolu Agency.

The PKK has yet to confirm the report.

Turkey has recently increased attacks against Kurdish militant targets in the region by conducting an intense aerial offensive.

The PKK launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the ensuing conflict. The PKK is regarded as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.

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