Turkish warplanes destroy 18 PKK targets in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes destroy 18 PKK targets in northern Iraq

The airstrikes were carried out on Saturday and Sunday in the Hakurk, Zap, Metina, Gara, and Avasin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Turkish jets have destroyed at least 18 PKK militant group targets in northern Iraq, the military said on Sunday.

The airstrikes were carried out on Saturday and Sunday in the Hakurk, Zap, Metina, Gara, and Avasin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.

The statement said that the militant group members were plotting an attack on the Turkish military and their bases in the region.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the militant group has its main base in the Mt. Qandil region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed terror campaign.

Since January, Turkey has also been waging a concerted operation against Kurdish militants known as People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. The Turkish administration says the YPG is associated with the PKK.

The Syria attacks have, however, forgone Damascus' approval. They have also pit Turkey against the United States which supports the militants.


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