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Turkey launches large-scale anti-terror operation

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Ankara, Nov 24 Turkey has launched a large scale counter-terrorism operation named ‘Kiran-7 Operation of Munzur Valley’ in the east of the country in a bid to neutralize PKK terrorists and thwart potential attacks in the coming winter, the country’s Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Some 2,250 security personnel comprising of gendarmerie commandos and special police forces are taking part in the “Kiran-7 Operation of Munzur Valley”, launched in Tunceli province, the ministry said in a written statement.

Under “Kiran-7 Operation of Munzur Valley,” the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members will be targeted in the region.The PKK, which has been fighting against the Turkish government for more than 30 years, is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

A total of 1,144 “terrorists” were killed, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Wednesday, elaborating on the intense security operations against the Kurdish group in the past three years.

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