In response to augmented attacks on the Turkish army bases, the Turkish Defense Ministry said that Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in regions of northern Iraq on the night of June 14.
It is a regular phenomenon on the part of the Turkish Army to target Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, both in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based.
Taking it to the social media platform, Twitter, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, “The Claw-Eagle Operation has started. Our planes are bringing the caves down on the terrorists’ heads.”
The Defense Ministry added that the air operation targeted the PKK in the region of its stronghold at Qandil, near the Iranian border, as well as the areas of Sinjar, Zap, Avasin-Basyan and Hakurk.
The warplanes took off from various air bases in Turkey, notably in the south-eastern cities of Diyarbakir and Malatya.
The PKK has been designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. It is engaged in fighting against the Turkish state since 1984 that has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.
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