Turkey Launches New Military Offensive In Iraq

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The Turkish forces launched fresh attacks on PKK in northern Iraq as a preventive measure. 

   Turkey has initiated a new attack on the northern Iraq border. It involves an air and ground cross border offensive. The attack was against the Kurdish militants as announced on Monday by Turkey’s Defense Minister.

The military artillery and jets from Turkey targeted PKK, also known as the Kurdistan Workers Party, along with commando troops.

The attacks were conducted with the help of drone technology and helicopters. The Turkish forces then reached the region through airlifts or land. Hulusi Akar, defense minister of Turkey posted a video regarding the same on the official website of the ministry.

Me Akar announced that the military and air force were successful in attacking caves, bunkers tunnels, etc. that belonged to PKK. Headquarters of PKK were also attacked. PKK is based out of northern Iraq and had attacked Turkey in the past.

Turkey has launched attacks against the group many times in the last decade. The latest attacks targeted Avashin-Basyan, Zap and Metina regions. The exact number of troops involved was not announced by the ministry. 

Mr. Akar addressed the media by stating,

“Our operation is continuing successfully, as planned. The targets that were set for the first phase have been achieved”.

He added that “We are determined to save our noble nation from the terror misfortune that has plagued our country for 40 years. Our struggle will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized.” 

The operation named “Claw Lock” was done based on the latest intelligence information. The military got to know that militants were go-to attempt another attack and were regrouping themselves.

The offensive carried out then becomes a preventive attack. The defense minister said that the attack was carried out with assistance and support from the allies of Turkey. The minister also said that care was taken to avoid attacking the civilian population. 

The PKK has been designated as a terrorist group by Turkey and its allies. The group has been rebelling against Turkey since 1984. The PKK has yet to respond on the matter. 

Published By: Sachin Sonawane

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