At Least 55 PKK Fighters Killed in Turkish Air Raids in Iraq

At Least 55 PKK Fighters Killed in Turkish Air Raids in Iraq
Sat Sep 19, 2015 17:36:37

Turkish fighter jets have targeted camps of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, reportedly killing at least 55 militants.

Security sources said on Saturday that the airstrikes were carried out overnight, adding that the warplanes took off from a base in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Turkey has been engaged in one of its biggest security operations in the southern border region in the recent past. The Turkish military has been conducting offensives against alleged positions of the Takfiri ISIS terrorists in northern Syria as well as those of the PKK in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey.

The security operations began in the wake of the deadly July 20 bombing in the southern Turkish town of Suruc, an ethnically Kurdish town located close to the Kurdish town of Kobani on the other side of the border in Syria, where over 30 people died. The Turkish government blamed ISIS for the bombing. On July 22, the PKK claimed responsibility for the killing of two Turkish police officers, saying they were cooperating with ISIS; Press TV reported.

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