Turkish forces conduct airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq

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2nd December 2023 – (Ankara) Turkish forces launched airstrikes on Friday evening, targeting 16 locations belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to a statement by Türkiye’s Defence Ministry.

The cross-border operations took place in the Gara, Metina, Hakurk, and Qandil regions with the aim of preventing PKK members from infiltrating Türkiye and carrying out attacks.

The airstrikes specifically targeted caves, bunkers, shelters, and warehouses suspected to be housing PKK leaders, the ministry stated.

The operations resulted in a significant number of “terrorists” being “neutralized,” employing Turkish-made munitions, the statement added. The term “neutralize” is commonly used by Turkish authorities to indicate that the alleged terrorists have either surrendered, been killed, or captured.

Turkish forces consistently engage in ground operations, airstrikes, and artillery bombardments in northern Iraq, primarily focusing on the Qandil Mountains, which serve as the PKK’s main base.

The PKK, designated as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States, and the European Union, has been engaged in a rebellion against the Turkish government for over three decades. The group seeks greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority in Türkiye and has been involved in numerous acts of violence and armed conflict.

Türkiye has repeatedly emphasized its commitment to combatting terrorism and maintaining the security and stability of its borders. The government views the PKK as a grave threat to national security and continues to pursue military action against the group to protect its territory and citizens.