Turkish security forces inflict 'heavy losses' on PKK

Turkish intelligence sources indicate security forces have killed 771 PKK terrorists, inflicting heavy losses on group during domestic operations and air strikes against targets in northern Iraq

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Turkish jets bomb outlawed PKK camps in northern Iraq

Updated Aug 27, 2015

Turkish media outlets have reported that security forces have killed 771 PKK terrorists in the latest domestic operations and air strikes targeting its camps and teams in northern Iraq.

Turkey's Anadolu Agency has reported security sources as saying that 430 PKK members have been killed by Turkish air strikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq. Eighty militants died from heavy wounds in hospitals in northern Iraq after receiving medical treatment, the report also stated.

The report has said security forces have neutralised about 260 militants in domestic operations in Turkey.

The report also stated that close to 300 militants have been wounded in domestic operations and received treatment in caves in the southeastern and eastern regions of Turkey. About 450 PKK members have been wounded in the air strikes targeting PKK hideouts in northern Iraq, the report added.

There have also been reports that 18 PKK terrorists were killed during air strikes targeting PKK camps around the Karacali Base Region near the Turkish-Iraqi border. The area had reportedly been scene of fierce fighting between Turkish military forces and PKK terrorists in early June 2013 during the early phase of Turkey’s peace process with the group. No casualties from the fighting were reported at the time.

At the beginning of 2013, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced a peace initiative called the “Resolution Process” and,  under the instructions of its imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK seemed responsive until July 2015.

Turkish media outlers have also reported that Turkish Air Force reconnaissance aircraft have been constantly surveilling the headquarters of the PKK's central leadership located in the Qandil Mountains.

PKK living spaces and hiding places in the Qandil Mountains have largely been made unusable by the air strikes, according to the reports.     

PKK terrorists have carried out several attacks against Turkish security forces since the Suruc suicide bombing in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS on July 20.

Fifty six Turkish security officials have been killed in militant attacks by the PKK and ISIS since the bombing.

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

It has also been reported that a National Security Council meeting will be held on Sept. 2 led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to discuss internal and external developments.

It is expected that the PKK attacks and military planning of proper responses against the group will be intensively debated by civilian and military leaders during the meeting.

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 in Ankara. Clashes and acts of violence by the group have continued on and off for more than 30 years, claiming more than 40,000 lives.


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