Turkish intelligence kills senior YPG member in Syria

ANKARA – Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) on Monday killed a senior member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, the semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

As a senior YPG member in Ayn Issa town, Siham Mislih, codenamed “Mizgin Kobani,” had involved in the group’s attacks against Türkiye’s “Operation Peace Spring” zone, the news agency quoted anonymous security sources as saying.

On Nov. 20, Turkey carried out an aerial operation against the YPG in northern Syria and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

The military action came after a bomb explosion in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul on Nov. 13 that killed six people and injured another 81.

After the attack, Turkish police said they had detained a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir, who admitted to taking orders from the YPG, which Ankara considered to be the Syrian branch of the PKK.

Turkey will launch a ground operation into northern Syria “at the most convenient time” to build a security strip, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in late November.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for over three decades.

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