The Defense Ministry pledged Sunday to resolutely push forward with its counterterrorism operations against the PKK as the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continue to deal a heavy blow to the terror group's presence in northern Iraq.
At least five more PKK terrorists were killed in northern Iraq, Turkey's National Defense Ministry announced.
The ministry said on Sunday that two PKK terrorists were targeted in the Zap region with drones, adding that the operations in the region will continue until the last terrorist is eliminated.
On Twitter, the ministry on Saturday also said that three terrorists were killed by the Turkish Air Forces in the Metina region as part of the ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
The PKK targets are being struck in the Metina, Avashin-Basyan, Zap and Qandil regions. In addition to F-16 fighter jets, border artillery units, fire support elements in the forward base areas and attack helicopters are participating in the operation.
The TSK regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq, a region where PKK terrorists have hideouts and bases from which to carry out attacks in Turkey.
Turkey has long stressed that it will not tolerate terrorist threats posed against its national security and has called on Iraqi officials to take the necessary steps to eliminate the terrorist group. Ankara previously noted that if the expected steps were not taken, it would not shy away from targeting terrorist threats.
"We reject Iraq being an arena to threaten neighboring countries," Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi stated last week, underlining that the PKK terrorist organization threatening Turkey is unacceptable.
The prime minister said that the terrorist organization disrupts and endangers the lives of locals, especially in the border areas where the ongoing conflict between Turkey and the PKK is taking place.
In its more than 40-year campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women and children.