Turkish airstrikes destroy 8 PKK targets in northern Iraq

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Turkish warplanes destroyed eight terror targets belonging to the terrorist PKK organization in northern Iraq on Monday, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said in a statement.

The statement said that Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes in the northern Iraqi regions of Avashin-Basyan, Zap, and Hakurk when terrorists were preparing to launch an attack against military posts and bases located along the border.

The army did not specify what time the operation was launched.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terror group's main base is located - Mt. Qandil region - near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed campaign.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey, the U.S., and the EU. In its over three-decade terror campaign against Turkey, more than 40,000 people have been killed.

The airstrikes took place amid the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch across the Turkish border into northwestern Syria, targeting the threat of the Syrian branch of the PKK, the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Protection Units (YPG) militia.

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