Turkey claims to have ‘neutralized’ eight suspected PKK members in bombing Iraq


The Turkish Government on Tuesday assured that it had “neutralized” eight alleged members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in a new bombardment carried out in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Turkish Defense Ministry has indicated through its account on the social network Twitter that this “successful air operation” has been carried out against “identified terrorists” of the PKK in the Gara region, located in northern Iraq.

The Turkish Executive uses the term “neutralized” to refer to the fact that the suspects have died, have been captured or have been handed over to the authorities. When dealing with bombings, it is understood that Ankara considers them dead.

Ankara asked Iraq on June 19 for “cooperation” in its fight against the PKK after Baghdad’s criticism of its operations in the north of the country, which led the authorities to summon the Turkish ambassador on two occasions for formal protests.

The area has also been the scene of tensions due to the latest incidents between the PKK and the security forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, known as peshmerga, which has increased calls in Iraq for the withdrawal of the group from the area, where it has numerous bases.

Likewise, the Turkish Army has intensified its operations against the PKK both in the country and in northern Iraq – where the formation has numerous bases – since the ceasefire between the government and the armed group was broken in July 2015 .

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