An air operation named "Panther operation" was launched on Sunday by the Turkish military against militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the north of Iraq.
In the two-hour operation, Turkish F-16 jets that took off from Diyarbakır
camps in northern Iraq, Kandil, Zap and Hakurk. The targets were PKK
militants who had passed to Iraqi side of the border to find a safe place for the winter.
Several anti-aircraft batteries belonging to the PKK
were neutralized during the operation.
Additionally, five PKK
militants were killed by the Turkish army in clashes during another operation on Cudi Mountain on Saturday.
is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.