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Anti-Terror Operation in Turkish City of Silopi Nears Completion

© AFP 2021 / LYAS AKENGINA man holding an infant stands on the balcony of a damaged house, after curfew ended in the southeastern Turkish town of Silopi on January 19, 2016
A man holding an infant stands on the balcony of a damaged house, after curfew ended in the southeastern Turkish town of Silopi on January 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish prime minister, said that operation in Silopi in the Sirnal province is almost completed, but a curfew will be still in the place in town.

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ANKARA (Sputnik) – A counterterrorism operation in the Turkish city of Silopi in the southeastern Sirnak province has nearly been completed, the country’s prime minister said Tuesday.

In December 2015, the Turkish authorities declared a curfew in a number of southeastern regions, including in the city of Sirnak, where armed clashes between Ankara forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters have been ongoing.

"Operation in Silopi is almost completed. All neighborhoods, streets of the city have been cleared [of militants]. A curfew will be still in place for some time until we are sure the residents’ security is guaranteed," Ahmet Davutoglu said at a press conference broadcast by the Turkish NTV channel.

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The security situation in Turkey deteriorated following a suicide bombing in the Turkish border city of Suruc on July 20 and a spate of police killings in southeastern Turkey, for which the PKK claimed responsibility.

The PKK was founded in the late 1970s. The group is considered to be a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and NATO.

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