Jun 08 2018

Turkish military strikes main PKK base in Iraq

Turkey’s military struck the main base of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in northern Iraq on Thursday night.

Shelters and gun positions in the Kandil mountain, as well as targets in Zap and Hakurk, were destroyed in the air operation, the military said in a statement on Friday, according to CNN Turk.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to attack the PKK in the mountainous region across Turkey’s border to reduce the threat to its security posed by the PKK, which is seeking autonomy for Kurds from Turkey. Erdoğan repeated the pledge on Thursday, saying the military could strike at any moment.

The attack comes two weeks before presidential and parliamentary elections.