Turkey 'neutralizes' most wanted PKK suspect in northern Iraq

Turkey 'neutralizes' most wanted PKK suspect in northern Iraq

Turkish authorities say Ismail Ozden was actively operating in Europe from 1992 to 1996.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Turkish authorities say Ismail Ozden was actively operating in Europe from 1992 to 1996.

Arrested in Germany for "being PKK member" and "attacking workplaces of Turkish people" in 1996, Ozden was released in 1998. In 2018, he began spearheading PKK/KCK activities in Sinjar, according to Turkish officials.

Turkey "neutralized" a most-wanted suspect from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party/Kurdistan Communities Union (PKK/KCK) in an operation in northern Iraq, the Turkish General Staff said on Aug. 15.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, and Turkish officials often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the person in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish Army said on Twitter that PKK/KCK's senior figure of Sinjar town, Ismail Ozden-- codenamed Mam Zeki Sengali -- was neutralized in a joint operation by Turkish Armed Forces and intelligence in Sinjar.

It is reported that Ozden, 66, is the first PKK/KCK member in the red-category "neutralized" by Turkey in an operation abroad.

The wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted followed by blue, green, orange and grey.

The operation was named after Bedirhan Mustafa Karakaya, an 11-month baby who was killed in PKK bomb attack on July 31.


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