Head of logistics for PKK killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq

Published 19.07.2018 21:00

A PKK member suspected of being the head of logistics and arms carrier for the terrorist organization was killed in airstrikes on July 13 in northern Iraq, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced yesterday.

In a statement on Twitter, the TSK said three members of the terror group were killed while carrying out a deal for weapons, ammunition and drugs, and that the PKK's logistics head Hasan Çakmak, code-named Delil Karakoçan, was confirmed dead after the strikes.

In a separate statement, the military said Turkish airstrikes killed nine terrorists in the country's southeastern Şırnak and Siirt provinces and northern Iraq's Qandil region in operations conducted between July 17-19. Turkey has intensified its military operations in the northern Iraq region, including plans for a possible offensive on the Qandil mountains region, where the PKK's headquarters are located. The Qandil region is, Ankara argues, where most of the PKK terrorists infiltrate into Turkey.

The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU - resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.

Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children.

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