Turkish intelligence kills senior PKK member in N. Iraq

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ANKARA, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) killed a senior member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a cross-border operation in northern Iraq, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

The "neutralized" PKK member Yadin Bulut, code-named Rizgar Suvar, joined the group in 2015 and continued his activities in Qandil and Hakurk-Avashin regions, Anadolu reported.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralize" in their statements to imply the "terrorists" in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

According to MIT, Bulut was allegedly in charge of the group's drug and money laundering activities in northern Iraq.

The Turkish intelligence has intensified cross-border operations in Iraq since last year and killed several other senior PKK members over the past month. The Turkish military has also carried out frequent cross-border operations over the past month against the PKK in northern Iraq, particularly in the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the group, in response to a suicide bombing in the capital Ankara on Oct. 1.

The PKK claimed responsibility for the attack near the Interior Ministry building, where one attacker died after he set off a suicide bomb, while the other bomber was shot dead by the police.

Since the attack, Türkiye has stepped up its operations against targets of the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in both Iraq and Syria.

Meanwhile, massive anti-terror operations were launched nationwide to detain hundreds of individuals who were suspected of having links to the PKK.

Türkiye sees the YPG group as the Syrian branch of the PKK.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades. Enditem

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