Turkish airstrikes hit PKK targets in N. Iraq-Xinhua

Turkish airstrikes hit PKK targets in N. Iraq

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-11-25 04:36:15

ANKARA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Turkish forces conducted on Friday evening airstrikes against 17 targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a cross-border operation in northern Iraq, said the Defense Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry said the operation was carried out in the Metina, Hakurk, Gara, and Qandil regions, hitting 19 caves, caches and shelters believed to house senior PKK members.

It added that "many terrorists were neutralized," without giving the exact number.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralize" in their statements to imply that the alleged "terrorists" have either surrendered, been killed, or been captured.

The Turkish forces frequently carry out ground operations, airstrikes, and artillery bombardments in northern Iraq against the PKK, especially in the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the group.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades.