Turkish fighter jets hit PKK camps in northern Iraq

Turkish fighter jets launch air campaign targeting PKK terrorists located in northern Iraq

Photo by: Turkish Air Forces
Photo by: Turkish Air Forces

Turkish jets hits PKK camps in the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq.

Updated Feb 25, 2016

Turkish military jets conducted air strikes on PKK terror group camps, hitting ammunition depots, shelters and logistical centres in northern Iraq’s Qandil mountains on Wednesday.

According to military sources, the operation in which fighter jets successfully hit PKK targets started at 5:30 PM local time and lasted for two hours.

Previously earlier on Wednesday, Turkish military helicopters conducted an operation against a group of PKK terrorists, killing 12 in a mountainous area near Sirnak's Idil district which is partially under a 24-hour curfew.  

Turkish Armed Forces also released footage on Wednesday showing clashes with PKK, during which three terrorist surrendered to the security forces.

The PKK, which is considered as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU, resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July.

Turkey sees no difference between PKK and PYD which is located in northern Syria. However, United States and Russia support YPG which is the armed wing of the PYD, in the fight against DAESH terror group in the region.

Recently the US officials expressed their concerns over YPG attacks on opposition groups in Syria and stated that the attacks are undermining the fight against DAESH.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said Britain has discovered disturbing evidence related to PYD’s coordination with the Syrian regime and Russian Air Force in Syria.

A PKK/PYD affiliated terror group TAK has claimed responsibility for the latest Ankara suicide bomb attack in which 29 people were killed. 

Since February 12, Turkish military has been shelling PYD and PKK positions in northern Syria intermittently in retaliation to artillery fire from PYD forces based around Azaz.

TRTWorld and agencies