Turkey Launches New Military Offensive Into Iraq’s Kurdistan Region

Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Monday that they have carried out new military operations, involving warplanes, helicopters, drones and land operations, targeting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the northern part of Iraq.

In a video address, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that they have successfully destroyed multiple bunkers, tunnels, and ammunition depots, as well as military headquarters of the PKK in northern Iraq’s border areas of Metina, Zap, and Avashin-Basyan, before ground forces moved into the neighboring state.

Akar said that operation was launched in order to thwart terrorist attacks from northern Iraq and also to ensure border security.

“Following the long preparation and coordination, we have started Operation Claw-Lock on Sunday night. As of now, all of the planned targets have been achieved,” Akar added.

Akar went on saying that a large number of PKK terrorists were killed during the operation, but did not specify the number of casualties.

It is also unclear how many troops and military hardware are involved in the operation.

The PKK is a Kurdish militant political organization and armed guerrilla movement fighting for an independent Kurdistan, and has been battling Ankara since 1984.

Over the years, Turkey has conducted multiple military operations against the PKK, as what Ankara claims is that PKK is using the Iraqi territory to fuel insurgency in the eastern part of Turkey.

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