Turkish airstrikes hit PKK terrorist targets in northern Iraq

Published 01.10.2017 11:50
Updated 01.10.2017 12:07
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Turkish jets destroyed hideouts, weapons and ammunition depots, as well as weapon pits belonging to PKK terrorists in counter-terror operations carried out in northern Iraq, the military said in a statement Sunday.

The airstrikes targeted PKK terrorist camps in northern Iraq's Metina region, the Turkish General Staff said.

The statement did not elaborate on the details about the timing of the operation or casualties.

The Turkish military has been carrying out anti-terror operations against PKK positions in northern Iraq since July 2015, with main focus on Qandil region, where the terrorist group's main camp is located in.

Founded in 1978, the PKK has waged a decades-long bloody campaign against Turkey.

The group, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 after a brief reconciliation period.

Since that time, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children, while more than 4,000 security personnel and over 2,000 civilians have been injured.

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