Turkish fighter jets attack PKK sites in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes struck more than 80 Kurdish targets in northern Iraq in response to an increase in attacks on Turkish army bases, the defence ministry said on Monday.

The latest operation, codenamed Operation Claw-Eagle, hit suspected PKK targets in several regions in Iraq’s north, including Sinjar, according to a tweet from the military, which claimed 81 PKK targets were targeted, including shelters and caves.

“The Claw-Eagle Operation has started. Our planes are bringing the caves down on the terrorists’ heads,” the defence ministry said.

Turkey regularly targets Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters, both in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based. There was no immediate statement from the PKK.

Along with the fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and refueling aircraft also took part in the operation, the military said.

Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said the latest operation targeted multiple areas and was coordinated among several air force bases.

Turkey regularly targets Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters, both in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based. There was no immediate statement from the PKK.

Along with the fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and refueling aircraft also took part in the operation, the military said.

Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said the latest operation targeted multiple areas and was coordinated among several air force bases.

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