SANLIURFA, Turkey

A physiotherapist who joined the YPG/PKK terror group has identified 14 terrorists after turning informant following his arrest in southeastern Turkey, security sources said Tuesday.

The physiotherapist, identified by the initials, A.H., was caught in Sanliurfa province after security forces identified him from organizational documents in an operation in Diyarbakir.

A.H. wanted to benefit from Turkey’s effective remorse law and collaborated with authorities and provided information about the terror group, according to sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

He joined the terror group in 2014 in Syria and was taken to the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq, where the terror group’s headquarters is located.

A.H. said he did not participate in terror attacks against Turkey but acknowledged receiving ideological information for 40 days before leaving the YPG/PKK.

PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq, which is across the Turkish border, to plan terror attacks in Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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