Turkey hits targets of terrorist PKK in northern Iraq

Turkish air strikes target terrorist PKK hideouts in countryside of eastern Hakkari province, northern Iraq

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet seen in this archived photo.

Updated Nov 5, 2015

Turkish Armed Forces have carried out several air strikes targeting terror organisation PKK's hideouts in the countryside of the eastern Hakkari province and in northern Iraq, hitting the PKK camps in Qandil, Hakurk, Avasin, Metina, Basyan, Gare, and Zap.

Turkish fighter jets have destroyed hideouts, underground tunnels, and weapon depots belonging to the PKK terrorists with the air strikes, according to a statement issued by the Turkish General Staff on Nov. 2 on its official web site.

The statement also said that the military units have seized 300 DShK (Dushka) bullets and various supplies belonging the group, during the operations in the eastern province of Sirnak on Monday.

The air strikes against the group has come one day after the latest election in the country, in which the long-governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won a stunning victory.

Security forces have reportedly killed over 2000 PKK terrorists and inflicted heavy losses to the group since the domestic operations and air strikes targeting the PKK camps and teams in northern Iraq began over 2 months ago. 

Media reports stated last Saturday that two Turkish F-16 fighter jets attacked several DAESH terror organisation targets in northern Syria across the country’s southern province of Kilis, killing 50 DAESH terrorists.

In response to the PKK and ISIS terror attacks, Turkish security forces have stepped up their efforts against the militant groups and launched air strikes in several positions used by PKK and ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria respectively since late July.

Turkey has been targeted with increasing terror attacks by ISIS and PKK terrorist groups following the June 7 election, taking advantage of the so called weaknesses in the administration, due to highly controversial political environment which resulted after failure to form a coalition government. 

PKK terror attacks have killed 148 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks. 

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

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