PKK commanders killed in Turkish airstrike in northern Iraq

Turkey says it has killed 30 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants during airstrikes in northern Iraq. According to a statement released by the Turkish army’s General Staff, two militant positions were hit in Iraq’s Qandil Mountains.

The statement noted that several high ranking PKK members were among those killed.

Earlier in the day, at least two Turkish soldiers were killed in fresh clashes with the Kurdish militants in Turkey’s volatile southeast.

On Saturday, over 100 members of the PKK were killed or wounded in clashes with Turkish army forces in the region.

Turkish military forces have been conducting ground operations as well as airstrikes against PKK positions in Turkey’s troubled southeastern border region and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region over the past year.

The campaign began following the July 2015 bombing in the southern Turkish town of Suruc, which claimed more than 30 civilian lives. Turkish officials held the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group responsible for the act of terror.

PKK militants, who accuse the Ankara government of supporting Daesh, launched a string of supposed reprisal attacks against Turkish security forces after the bomb attack, in turn prompting the Turkish military operations.

A shaky ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK that had stood since 2013 was declared null and void by the militants following the Turkish strikes against the group.

More than 600 Turkish security forces and over 7,000 PKK militants have been killed since the collapse of the truce, according to the latest toll provided by Anadolu in July.

Source: News Agencies

Author: zeina

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