The Turkish Intelligence Organization (MIT) on Sunday eliminated a member of the PKK terrorist organization in Ain al-Arab, in northern Syria. The terrorist was involved in the deaths of Turkish soldiers and personnel.
Ekrem Üstek, codenamed Hayri, participated in acts of terrorism in the southeastern province of Şırnak from 2015 to 2016.
The terrorist, wanted by the Turkish police, has a long criminal record linked to the PKK. It was also found that the terrorist spent many years in prison in the 1990s for crimes such as kidnapping on behalf of the PKK, supplying explosives and ammunition, attempted murder and kidnapping children for recruitment purposes.
Üstek’s murder in Ain al-Arab comes as the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have heavily targeted the border town in recent days following a terrorist attack on Turkey‘s Gaziantep province.
A Turkish soldier was killed Thursday in YPG/PKK terrorist group mortar attacks targeting Karkamış and Köprübatı border crossing. Earlier, Turkey reported that four of its soldiers and a civilian were injured in attacks by the terror group from Ain al-Arab.
Cross-border shootings have occurred sporadically in recent years during the war in Syria.
Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful counter-terrorism operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor and allow the peaceful settlement of residents – namely, the Shield of Euphrates (2016), the olive branch (2018) and peace. Spring Ops (2019).
During its more than 40-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.