Turkey jets bombed 7 Kurdish militant targets in north Iraq


Turkish War planes hit seven Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)

ISTANBUL: Turkish state of war planes nightlong hit seven targets of the criminalized Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and also pushed on with strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria, the Turkish prime minister’s office said  on Saturday.

“Strikes were fulfilled on targets of the Daesh (IS) terror group in Syria and the PKK terror group in northern Iraq,” it said in a statement, saying protections and warehouses holding PKK weapons were hit in the northern Iraq operation.

It targeted seven locations in northern Iraq where the strikes had been carried out, including Mount Kandil where the PKK’s military leadership is based.

In addition to the air attack, Turkish ground forces also carried out gun strikes against IS in Syria and the PKK in northern Iraq, the statement said.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu convoked a meeting of top ministers and security officials early Saturday at around 2:00 am (2300 GMT) in Ankara to talk about the cross-border operations.

The military operations come after a week of violence in Turkey, including a suicide bombing blamed on IS and attacks on Turkish police claimed by the PKK.

The bombing raids against IS were the first such actions against the group by Turkey, which has long been accused of taking an excessively conciliative line on the jihadists. (AFP)

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