With the bombing of several targets, Turkey launched a new air and ground offensive against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.
The news was confirmed by the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar. Military units and special forces, backed by an unspecified number of planes and helicopters, were involved in the attack on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in the Metina, Zap and Avashin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq. According to the Minister of Defense, shelters, bunkers, caves, ammunition depots and headquarters belonging to the PKK, considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, which has been organized since 1984, have been successfully hit. of an uprising against the Turkish state.
In recent decades, Turkey has repeatedly launched attacks in Iraq, where the PKK has bases and training camps in the Sinjar border region. Akar’s last operation, launched on Sunday evening. The reason for this attack, according to the Ministry of Defense, is that the PKK was planning a large-scale strike against Turkey.
The offensive, the statement said, was launched in co-operation with Ankara’s friends and allies, but no further details were given. Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region, which controls the recently attacked areas.