Turkey Launches New Operations Against PKK in Iraq - The Libyan Report

Turkey Launches New Operations Against PKK in Iraq

Turkey Launches New Operations Against PKK in Iraq

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Turkish soldiers patrol a road near Cukurca in the Hakkari province, southeastern Turkey, near the Turkish-Iraqi border (Reuters)

Baghdad- Asharq Al-Awsat

Turkey's defense ministry says it has launched a new military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

The ministry, in a statement Saturday, announced the start of "Operation Claw-2" to destroy caves and shelters used by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in the Hakurk region. It said the operation began late Friday with commandoes, airstrikes, and artillery.

The PKK began an insurgency against Turkey in the mainly Kurdish southeast in 1984 and the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people. Turkey, the United States, and the European Union consider the group, based in the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq, a terror organization.

Turkey's first "Claw" operation began in May. source