SULAIMANI – Turkish armed forces in Sulaimani have killed "a leader" of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who was sought by Ankara with a red notice, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday (June 22).
The Turkish-run news agency identified the PKK "leader" as Ulash Dogan, saying he was killed on June 13 in an operation by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT).
“He [Dogan] was a leader in Syria who has participated in fights against the Turkish army in Iraq and Syria,” Anadolu
The Agency attached a photo showing a Toyota Hilux, purportedly belonged to the PKK, destroyed by Turkish strikes in Sulaimani’s Pishdar area. The Turkish strike in the area on June 13 killed three other people including one civilian. Anadolu didn’t mention civilian casualties.
The PKK, however, has not issued any statement confirming the news.
PKK has started an armed struggle for Kurdish cultural rights against the Turkish authorities since 1984. It is headquartered in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous areas.
Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas. It launches cross-border operations every now and then.