Turkish fighter jets have carried out several air strikes against PKK terrorist hideouts in northern Iraq following successful military surveillance in the targeted areas according to the general staff.
“On March 18, 2016 between 8:40pm and 10:00pm, as a result of surveillance in Iraq’s north, 20 aircrafts have carried out air strikes against targets in the areas around Sinat, Haftanin, and Gara [in northern Iraq] and destroyed the determined targets with direct hit,” a Turkish military statement announced on Saturday morning.
Ten other Turkish military aircrafts also hit PKK targets around its Hakurk camp in northern Iraq, with direct hits on Saturday, the statement added.
In response to PKK attacks, Turkish Security Forces stepped up its efforts against the terrorist group and launched air strikes in several positions used by PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, since July 2015.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its eastern and southeastern regions by the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU.
The PKK was established by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters in 1974 in Ankara and the group began launching terror attacks in 1984. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives.