Turkish Air Force conducts air strikes on 17 targets

Turkish officials announce 17 air strikes launched against militant group targets in southeastern Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The Turkish General Staff has stated that the Turkish Air Force conducted air strikes against 17 targets on Buzul Mountain and in the Ikiyaka region of Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari early on Tuesday.

“The targets were completely taken out following the airstrikes,” a statement on the General Staff's official website said.

Turkey has stepped up efforts against militant groups such as the PKK, ISIS and DHKP-C after the groups launched violent attacks following a suicide attack on July 20 thought to have been carried out by ISIS which killed 33 people in the town of Suruc in Turkey's southeastern Sanliurfa Province.

Turkish security forces have undertaken operations since July 24 including air strikes, night operations, and investigations against many suspected militants in eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, and northern Syria.

On July 24 Turkish F-16 fighter jets conducted the first of their latest round of air operations against both the PKK and ISIS in the mountainous region of northern Iraq.

These operations were followed by a second wave of airstrikes on July 25 targeting PKK camps, shelters, caves and logistics points in the same area.

A third wave of air operations by the Turkish Air Force was launched against the PKK on July 27, in which Turkish jets made a total of nine sorties.

Previously on July 28, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed at least three “separatist terrorist organisation” targets in the southeastern province of Sirnak as part of the nationwide anti-terror operations.

Since the Suruc suicide attack, at least 34 Turkish security officials and five civilians have been killed in terror attacks, most of which have been carried out by the outlawed PKK. 


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