Mar 21 2018

Turkey ‘neutralises’ 38 PKK in northern Iraq – agency

Turkish jets "neutralised" 38 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during an air operation in northern Iraq, the state-run Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.

The fighters were neutralised as part of operations targeting PKK camps since March 10, Anadolu said citing sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.

At least 15 caves and 30 shelters used by the PKK were also destroyed, the sources added.

Hostilities between Turkey and the PKK, recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, resumed in July 2015, after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party lost its legislative majority in a general election.

Since then, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children, Anadolu reported.

Turkish police and prosecutors have also locked up scores of pro-Kurdish parliamentarians and mayors on charges of supporting the PKK. The government has also taken over municipalities and town councils belonging to pro-Kurdish political parties.