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Operation Kıran
Part of the Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present)
Date17 August 2019 – 11 January 2020[1]
LocationSoutheastern and Eastern Anatolia regions, Turkey
Belligerents
 Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
Commanders and leaders
Turkey Gen. Arif Çetin[2]
(General Commander of Gendarmerie)
Turkey Maj. Gen. Nuri Öztürk[3]
Turkey Maj. Gen. Yavuz Özfidan[3]
Turkey Col. Tahsin Saruhan[3]
Unknown
Units involved

Gendarmerie General Command

General Directorate of Security

KCK

Strength
+3,000[5] Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown 116 killed, wounded or captured (Per Turkey)[6]

Operation Kıran (Turkish language: Kıran Operasyonu) was a military operation in Turkey, conducted by Turkish security forces, including police, gendarmerie and village guards. The operation started at 17 August 2019 and is currently under command of Ministry of Interior.[6][7] Reportedly 600 PKK militants are currently inside Turkish borders. The aim of the operation is to decrease PKK presence in rural areas in southeastern Turkey.[3]

Operation timeline[]

Operation Kıran-1[]

17 August 2019[]

Phase 1 was launched in three provinces including Hakkari, Şırnak and Van. In total 43 caves and shelters belonging to PKK was destroyed.[3]

Operation Kıran-2[]

28 August 2019[]

Phase 2 was launched in three provinces.[4]

Operation Kıran-3[]

21 September 2019[]

Phase 3 was launched in two provinces including Siirt and Şırnak with 2,325 security personnels. Reportedly 16 PKK members, including 2 in Turkey's wanted list, were killed, wounded or captured. 6 shelters belonging to PKK were destroyed and 4 IEDs were defused.[8]

Operation Kıran-4[]

Operation Kıran-5[]

8 November 2019[]

Phase 5 was launched in three provinces including Diyarbakır, Muş and Bingöl with 3,000 security personnels.[9]

9 November 2019[]

PKK's Ağrı responsible Halis Ersayan, who was sought on Turkey's grey list with a reward of 300,000 Turkish Liras ($53,000) has been killed.[10]

Operation Kıran-6[]

13 November 2019[]

Phase 3 was launched in three provinces including Hakkari, Şırnak and Van with 2,360 security personnels.[11] 1 RPG-7, 1 sniper rifle, 14 hand grenades, 34 ATGM ammunution, 18 kg TNT were seized by Turkish security forces, while 4 IEDs were defused as well.[12]

15 November 2019[]

5 ton marijuana was seized by the police. Reportedly 2 IEDs were defused as well.[13]

Operation Kıran-7[]

23 November 2019[]

Phase 7 was launched in Tunceli Province with 2,250 security personnels.[14]

See also[]

References[]

  1. https://www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/kiran-operasyonlari-tamamlandi
  2. "Terör örgütüne büyük operasyon, 3 ilde 'kıran-2 ortak operasyonu' jandarma genel komutanı arif çetin, emniyet genel müdürü mehmet aktaş ve 3 ilin valisi, paşalarla operasyon bölgesinde tümgeneral halis zafer koç koordinesinde operasyon için düğmeye basıldı operasyon bölgesinde konuşan mardin valisi mustafa yaman: "bölgede son teröristi de etkisiz hale getirinceye kadar halkımızın huzurunu sağlamak için bu operasyonlara devam edeceğiz" jandarma genel komutanı orgeneral arif çetin: "bütün komandolarımıza, özel harekat timlerimize, verdiğimiz emir, teröristi ara, bul, yok et" "arkadaşlarımız bu bölgedeki teröristlerin inlerine girecek" - Mardin Haberleri". https://www.haberturk.com/mardin-haberleri/71424466-teror-orgutune-buyuk-operasyon-3-ilde-kiran-2-ortak-operasyonujandarma-genel-komutani-arif. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Son dakika! PKK'ya 'Kıran Operasyonu'". https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/son-dakika-pkkya-kiran-operasyonu-41305921. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kıran-2 başladı: 'Ara, bul, yok et!'". August 28, 2019. https://www.gzt.com/jurnalist/kiran-2-basladi-ara-bul-yok-et-3511315. 
  5. "Kıran-5 Operasyonu başladı". https://www.trthaber.com/haber/turkiye/kiran-5-operasyonu-basladi-440028.html. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Turkey: Operation Kiran neutralizes 116 PKK terrorists". https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-operation-kiran-neutralizes-116-pkk-terrorists/1644093. 
  7. http://www.ulusal.com.tr/gundem/icisleri-bakanligi-acikladi-buyuk-operasyon-basladi-h243194.html
  8. "Kıran-3 operasyonu başlatıldı!". https://www.haberturk.com/son-dakika-kiran-3-operasyonu-baslatildi-2525195. 
  9. "Kıran-5 Operasyonu başladı". https://www.trthaber.com/haber/turkiye/kiran-5-operasyonu-basladi-440028.html. 
  10. "Gri Liste'de aranan terörist etkisiz hale getirildi". https://www.timeturk.com/gri-liste-de-aranan-terorist-etkisiz-hale-getirildi/haber-1291244. 
  11. "2 bin 360 personel ile Kıran-6 Operasyonu başlatıldı!". November 13, 2019. https://qha.com.tr/haberler/2-bin-360-personel-ile-kiran-6-operasyonu-baslatildi/114825/. 
  12. "Kuzey Irak'a hava Harekatı, 8 terörist imha edildi - Urfa Haber, Şanlıurfa Haberleri, Şanlıurfa". https://www.haberurfa.com/gundem/kuzey-irak-a-hava-harekati-8-terorist-imha-edildi-h3719.html. 
  13. "Police seize over 5 tons of marijuana in SE Turkey - Turkey News". http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/police-seize-over-5-tons-of-marijuana-in-se-turkey-148718. 
  14. "Kıran-7 Operasyonu başladı". https://www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/kiran-7-operasyonu-basladi. 

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