MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "In 2015, about 3,100 [PKK] terrorists were killed in the country and abroad during the operations… Our soldiers are and will be further clearing mountains, and cities," the president said.
The clashes intensified earlier in December prompting the authorities to declare a police curfew in areas targeted by the Turkish forces' large-scale operations.
The Kurds, Turkey's largest ethnic minority, are striving to create their own independent state and gain independence from Turkey. The PKK was founded in the late 1970s to promote self-determination for the Kurdish community. The PKK is designated as a terrorist group by Turkey.