Erdogan Unal was killed on July 24 in a Turkish operation in northern Iraq's Mount Qandil, reports AA citing security sources.
It's been two years since the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government of Turkey on July 15, 2016. Much has changed in Turkey since then.
"We have destroyed and will continue destroying the separatist [PKK] terrorist organisation's strongholds in Qandil," Turkey's President Erdogan said at a governing Justice and Development (AK) Party election rally in southern Adana province.
Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canakli says the Turkish Armed Forces will remain in the region until the mission ends and that Iran has expressed 'very clear' support for Turkey’s anti-terror operations in the area.
Air strikes on PKK terror targets in northern Iraq have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its terror campaign against Turkey. On Monday, a new phase in the operation was announced by the Turkish president.
In Ankara's recent talks with Baghdad, the fight against the PKK in Iraq and reconstruction of the country top the agenda. But how and for how long has the PKK been based in Iraq, Turkey's neighbouring country in the southeast? We break it down:
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised his concerns in the wake of US President Donald Trump warning Russia to brace for US military engagement in Syria.
Iraq’s Sinjar region, where the Iraqi army started an operation against the PKK, has been a hot topic for both Turkish and Iraqi officials who have been working to improve bilateral relations in recent months.
The military said the terrorists targeted were thought to be preparing for attacks. Air strikes also destroyed PKK hideouts in northern Iraq.
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