The Turkish military eliminated at least five PKK terrorists in northern Iraq in air operations, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Monday.
In a statement, the ministry said the terrorists were destroyed by Turkish-made ATAK helicopters in the Metina region as part of Operation Claw-Lightning. Turkish forces continue to eliminate PKK terrorists in their lairs, it added.
Kahraman Türk Silahlı Kuvvetlerimiz, Irak’ın kuzeyindeki terör inlerini yerle bir etmeye devam ediyor.Pençe-Şimşek operasyonu kapsamında Metina’da tespit edilen 5 PKK'lı terörist ATAK helikopterlerimiz tarafından etkisiz hâle getirildi.#MSB #TSK #PençeŞimşek pic.twitter.com/0ep6p5PGcN— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) July 19, 2021
Turkey launched Operations Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt on April 23 in northern Iraq’s Metina and Avaşin-Basyan regions near its borders.
Numerous PKK terrorist hideouts and bases are located in northern Iraq, from where they carry out attacks on Turkey.
The Turkish military regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq. Turkey has long been stressing 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.
In its more than 40-year terror 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.
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