Turkey: 4 mayors dismissed over alleged terror links

By Halil Ibrahim Sincar and Yasin Dikme

MARDIN / SANLIURFA, Turkey (AA) – Four mayors in eastern Turkey on Saturday were dismissed for allegedly supporting terrorism.

The mayors of Suruc in Sanliurfa as well as the Mazidagi, Savur, and Derik districts of Mardin — Hatice Cevik, Nalan Ozaydin, Gulistan Oncu and Mulkiye Esmez, respectively — have been suspended, the provinces' governorships said in official announcements.

Turkey's government accuses of the HDP having links to the terrorist group YPG/PKK.

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