At least seven Syrian Kurds who were brought to Turkey from Syria by the Turkish army, were handed 3 life sentences each for attempting to “disrupt the unity and territorial integrity of the Turkish state,” the Mezopotamya news agency reported.

4 other Kurds in the same case were given 12 years over “membership on terrorist organization,” the agency reported.

Turkey launched a military operation on Oct. 9 in the northeast of Syria aimed at taking out the Kurdish forces it sees as terrorists but which most of the West views as key partners in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

On October 17, the Turkish government  agreed to a ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for the withdrawal of Kurdish forces following talks between US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

During the invasion, Turkish intelligence (MIT) forcefully brought tens of Kurds to Turkey for prosecution.