Turkey frees three French held over alleged PKK links: source

Updated 12 July 2018
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Turkey frees three French held over alleged PKK links: source

Diyarbakir - TUR
Diyarbakir, Turkey, 12, 2018 (AFP) -Turkish authorities on Thursday released three French nationals after they were briefly detained in the Kurdish-majority southeast over alleged ties to outlawed Kurdish militants, a judicial source told AFP.
Security forces had earlier detained 16 suspects in an operation launched in the Beytussebap district of Sirnak province bordering Iraq to capture supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its urban wing the KCK, the source said.
There were no further details on the identity of the freed foreign citizens, with the official Anadolu news agency reporting that one of them was a woman.
The authorities are still battling the over three-decade insurgency of the PKK which initially took up arms for a separate state but now demands a degree of autonomy.
The clashes between Turkish security forces and PKK members have resumed after a fragile ceasefire collapsed in 2015.
The PKK is designated as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies including the United States and the European Union.
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Kurdish troops take control of last Daesh enclave in east Syria: Observatory

Updated 7 min 4 sec ago
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Kurdish troops take control of last Daesh enclave in east Syria: Observatory

  • The last few hundred Daesh militants, many of them foreigners, had surrendered in the past two days to the Syrian Democratic Forces

BEIRUT: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said US-backed fighters seized the last Daesh enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday after the militants who were still there surrendered.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.
The UK-based war monitoring group said the last few hundred Daesh militants, many of them foreigners, had surrendered in the past two days to the Syrian Democratic Forces. It said some militants may still be hiding in underground tunnels.
With the help of US air strikes, the Kurdish-led SDF has battled to crush Daesh in the shrinking Baghouz enclave east of the Euphrates river near the Iraqi border.