World Bulletin / News Desk
The details of a cross-border operation that was carried out on Dec. 22, 2012 against a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) camp locating 10 kilometers far away from southeastern province of Hakkari was revealed to public; 46 PKK militants were killed during the cross-border military offensive.
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) dealt a heavy blow to PKK organization on the last days of 2012. According to recently revealed details of a cross-border ground operation that was also backed with airstrikes 46 militants out of total number of 68 militants who were sheltered at Kanireş camp in northern Iraq that was located on 10 kilometer away from Hakkari province on Turkey's border with Iraq.
The Cihan news agency reported on Wednesday that 12 out of 46 PKK militants that were killed in the cross-border operation were female militants. The other 22 militants in the camp were reportedly able to escape alive from the operation. the whole camp was destroyed by the Turkish military planes.
This PKK camp, Kanireş, was on a very important location. The PKK militants were coming to Turkey, were staging their terrorists attacks in the provinces near the Iraqi border and then escaped to this terrorist camp easily as the camp was so close to Turkish border with Iraq.
A SENIOR MEMBER OF PKK KILLED
A senior member of the PKK, Ertem Karabulut, who goes by the codename “Numan” and who was believed to have given orders for PKK attack that left 10 civilians dead in the southeastern province of Gaziantep in August of last year, was killed in a military operation carried out in Diyarbakır on Tuesday.
On Aug. 20, a car bomb exploded near a police station in Gaziantep. Ten civilians -- four of whom were children -- were killed, with as many as 70 people wounded. The blast was caused by the detonation of a cache of explosives loaded into a car parked near the Karşıyaka Police Department.
The TSK have been conducting military operations against the PKK in recent months. In an operation that was also backed by military air strikes in Lice, a district of Diyarbakır province, on Tuesday, senior PKK member Karabulut was killed along with nine other PKK militants.
Karabulut was commanding a 200-member group in the rural areas of Diyarbakır. Karabulut had frequently received orders from Syrian Fehman Hüseyin, who uses the codename Bahoz Erdal and is a commander in the People's Defense Forces (HPG), one of the PKK's militant wings.
Cihan Nazlıer, codenamed “Cemal,” who was involved in many brutal PKK militant attacks in Diyarbakır along with Karabulut and who was also extorting money from local businessmen on behalf of the organization in the region, was also killed in the military operation in Lice.
Turkish security forces killed on Monday 10 PKK militants in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakir, a local official said.
Diyarbakir Governor Mustafa Toprak said militants were killed in a clash near Lice town, adding that security forces also seized a large cache of ammunitions and weapons including assault rifles.
The governor said operations were still underway in the region.