Posted on September 20, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Military, PKK, Security, Security
Turkish tanks on Syrian border shell Syrian Kurds. Photo: AP
ANKARA,— Turkish armed forces shelled a Kurdish militant target in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on Tuesday and killed four rebels, Turkish military sources said.
The Turkish army regularly conducts cross-border air operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq’s mountainous north, where the rebels are based.
The sources said unmanned aerial vehicles determined the shelling also wounded a fifth PKK fighter and destroyed weapon depots in an area across from Turkey’s Sirnak province, which borders the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Iraqi Kurdish authorities, as well as central government officials in Baghdad, have slammed Turkey for such cross-border activities against the PKK in the past, saying it violates the country’s territorial sovereignty.
Turkish warplanes on Monday bomb bases of PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan, causing fires in the mountainous areas of Barwari Bala local Kurdish media reported.
Air raids resulted in the destruction of agricultural fields with smoke and dust seen rising from locations targeted by the military jets, NRT reported.
Turkish jets have been carrying out airstrikes against PKK positions across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan, since Ankara ended a two-year ceasefire agreement in July 2015.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 against the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to push for greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority who make up around 22.5 million of the country’s 78-million population. A large Kurdish community in Turkey and worldwide openly sympathise with PKK rebels.