Ten fighters from the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK) had been killed, Iraqi Kurdish authorities stated Thursday, as Turkey stated it launched renewed air strikes on northern Iraq.
Turkey has intensified its cross-border air raids towards Kurdish targets in northeastern Syria and northern Iraq in retaliation for an October 1 suicide bombing in Ankara, which injured two policemen.
That assault was claimed by a department of the outlawed PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency towards Turkey and is taken into account a “terrorist” group by Ankara and its Western allies.
“9 PKK fighters had been killed in a collection of air strikes launched by Turkish warplanes and drones” in Arbil province in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan area, the Kurdish counter-terrorism service stated in a press release.
A tenth PKK member was killed and three others wounded in “the bombing of a number of areas” belonging to the group in Dohuk province, it added.
Turkey’s protection ministry on Thursday confirmed conducting air strikes on targets in 5 areas of northern Iraq, saying “many terrorists had been neutralized.”
“A complete of 19 targets together with caves, shelters and depots utilized by terrorists.. had been efficiently destroyed and plenty of terrorists had been neutralised,” it stated of the strikes which had been carried out on Wednesday.
The Turkish navy not often feedback on its operations in Iraq, however it regularly carries out floor and air offensives towards the PKK and its positions in northern Iraq.
Earlier this month, Turkey’s parliament prolonged the navy’s authorization to launch cross-border operations in Syria and Iraq by two extra years.
Such operations had been first authorized in 2013 to assist the worldwide marketing campaign towards the Islamic State group and have since been renewed yearly.
Over the previous 25 years, Turkey has put in dozens of navy bases in Iraqi Kurdistan to combat towards the PKK, which additionally has outposts there.
The Iraqi federal authorities in Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in Arbil have for years been accused of turning a blind eye to the Turkish bombardments to protect their strategic alliance with Ankara, a key buying and selling accomplice, regardless of statements protesting violations of Iraqi sovereignty and hurt to civilians.
In the summertime of 2022, 9 folks died when artillery shells hit a leisure park within the Iraqi Kurdish border village of Parakh, with most of these killed holidaymakers from southern Iraq.
Baghdad blamed Turkey for the strike, however Ankara denied accountability and pointed the finger on the PKK.
In late July, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani‘s workplace introduced that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would go to Iraq however up to now, no date has been set.