Turkish army continues military operations against the PKK terrorists' camps in Iraq 2310111
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Defense News - Turkey
|Sunday, October 23, 2011, 11:45 AM|
|Turkish army continues military operations against the PKK terrorists' camps in Iraq.|
Turkish Army continues operations in the territory of Iraq to strike on PKK terrorists’ camps. About 15 000 Turkish soldiers have gathered on Turkey-Iraq borders. Thirty two rebels of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in a large-scale operation in Cuukurca town of Hakkari province in southeastern Turkey late Friday and early Saturday, private Dogan news agency reported on Saturday.
The Turkish armed forces launched ground operations hunting for militants. Local officials of northern Iraq said first operations have been launched in Nazdere, Hakuruk province in Turkey-Iraq-Iran triangle. Additional forces are gathering now in Turkish provinces of Uludere, Cukurca and Semdinli bordering with Iraq.
Turkish forces continue air strikes on the terrorist camps. The planes getting off from the Diyarbakir military base launched continuous air strikes on PKK camps in Zargos mountain chain stretching from northern Iraq to Iran. Before the large-scale operations, unmanned aircrafts carried out reconnaissance flights over the terrorist camps. Local administration of northern Iraq was warned about the air and ground operations. The authorities evacuated the local population from the zone of operations.
On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, a large group of the PKK members attacked several military and police buildings and killed 24 soldiers and police officers in several locations in the predominately Kurdish Hakkari province near the Iraqi border, a day after they killed five police officers and three civilians in Bitlis province in southeastern Turkey.
A Turkish military Black Hawk helicopter flies over a mountain in Cukurca, near the Iraqi border in southeastern Turkey October 22 2011.