Turkey hits 16 Kurdish targets in Iraq: minister
Ankara, September 30 (SocialNews.XYZ) Turkish forces have destroyed 16 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Iraq, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.
The operation destroyed caves, bunkers, shelters and command posts of the PKK, a militant Kurdish political organization banned by Ankara, in the Asos Mountains region of Iraq on Tuesday, the minister told reporters on Thursday.
The targets were hit by air strikes from the Turkish Air Force, Xinhua News Agency quoted local media as saying.
Turkey respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty rights of all its neighbors, especially Iraq and Syria, Akar noted.
“The Syrians are our brothers, the Iraqis are our brothers. There is no problem with that. Our problem is the terrorists. We are after the terrorists. This fight will continue until the last terrorist is killed. eliminated,” he said.
Turkey regularly conducts cross-border operations on PKK bases in northern Iraq.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, has been rebelling against the Ankara government for more than 30 years.
Iraq protested the Turkish operation as a violation of its sovereignty.