Emre Şahin, a member of the terrorist PKK group, additionally recognized by his codename “Rodi,” was “neutralized” in Northern Iraq by the Nationwide Intelligence Group (MIT), safety sources stated on Monday.
Şahin was a so-called “communications official” for the terrorist group. “Neutralized” is a time period utilized by Turkish officers to explain a terrorist goal both killed or captured alive.
MIT’s operation passed off in Gara, a mountainous area in Iraq’s north run by the Kurdistan Regional Authorities (KRG). The terrorist group has hideouts within the area, notably within the Qandil mountains the place its senior cadres are primarily based.
Safety sources say Emre Şahin was behind the event of encrypted packages the terrorist group used for communication and was on MIT’s major “goal checklist.” Intelligence officers lured Şahin to an space the place they broken the PKK’s “communications infrastructure” and neutralized him and his bodyguard, sources instructed Turkish media retailers.
An undated photograph of PKK terrorist Emre Şahin. (AA Picture)
Şahin joined the terrorist group’s “rural” teams or these on the run in 2014 and earlier than that, he was a member of a number of associations in Türkiye’s central province of Eskişehir suspected of getting ties to the PKK. He was energetic within the southeastern Turkish province of Şırnak, and was answerable for PKK-related violence in opposition to safety forces, earlier than touring to Iraq in 2019. Earlier than his appointment because the PKK’s “communications officer,” he was answerable for the manufacturing of explosives utilized in PKK’s terror assaults.
The Turkish intelligence company has stepped up its operations overseas in recent times to stamp out terrorist actions in Iraq and Syria, Türkiye’s two southeastern neighbors. Dozens have been “neutralized” prior to now two years in precision operations by MIT in each nations the place the present conflicts, geography, in addition to U.S. assist in Syria, shelter them from cross-border operations. Nonetheless, Türkiye often launches such operations, through help from opposition teams in Syria and thru unmanned aerial autos (UAVs) in Iraq.