Forty-eight terrorists surrendered this year after being persuaded by Turkish security forces, the country’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Thursday.

Speaking at Anadolu Agency’s Editor’s Desk in the capital Ankara, he said the YPG/PKK terrorist group rests on the shoulders of women, with their participation in terror acts at 56%.

“All of our institutions are engaged in the fight against terror, but it will end only with the courage of mothers,” he added.

A sit-in by mothers, whose children have been kidnapped by the YPG/PKK, in southeastern Turkey started last September. Their persistence has persuaded many young recruits to

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