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Turkey has foiled 152 Daesh terror attacks this year

Daesh attacks have caused at least 315 deaths in Turkey. And more than 700 PKK terrorists have surrendered to the Turkish security forces.

Turkey’s security forces have thwarted a total of 152 Daesh terrorist attacks so far this year, the country’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said in an interview on Wednesday.

“We have prevented 152 Daesh terrorist attacks in 2020, and confiscated 26.8 tons of explosives. We have also thwarted attacks by the PKK and DHKP-C,” Soylu explained during a live interview with the Turkish network TGRT Haber. Turkey has suffered dozens of Daesh attacks since 2013 – at least 10 of them by suicide bombers – that have caused 315 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Regarding the fight against the PKK terrorist group, Soylu pointed out that 162 members of the armed organisation have surrendered to the security forces so far this year, totalling more than 700 PKK terrorists who have surrendered in the last 3 years.

The minister also highlighted the use of new technologies in the fight against terrorism: “No other country uses drones better than we do (in the fight against the terrorist group PKK),” Soylu said, adding that drones are the “hands, feet, arms and eyes “of the security forces, and an indispensable part of the fight against terrorism.

PKK controls drug trafficking in Europe

Regarding the protest in the form of a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Kurdish nationalist party HDP – considered by many to be the political arm of the PKK – in Diyarbakır, that dozens of Kurdish mothers have held for a year demanding that the terrorist organisation return them their children forcibly recruited, Soylu stressed that these mothers are not only fighting to get their children back but also against the violence that the PKK has been carrying out in the region for decades.

Soylu also referred to the links between the PKK and drug trafficking, which is its main source of funding. “The PKK controls a large part of drug trafficking in Europe,” the minister said, assuring that although many European countries are still indifferent to the problem posed by the PKK, they will soon begin to ask Turkey for help to fight this organisation.

According to estimates by Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior, the PKK could control up to 80% of drug trafficking in Europe, from which it would obtain about 1.3 billion euros a year. In fact, much of the fight against the activities of the terrorist group is currently focused in Turkey on cutting off its sources of financing from drugs, with which they finance their terrorist attacks inside and outside the country.