Turkish jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq, Turkey

Turkish jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq, Turkey

Turkish jets hit PKK targets in northern Iraq, Turkey The Turkish Armed Forces have continued to conduct aerial operations against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets both inside Turkey and in northern Iraq amid ground security operations as part of anti-terror measures.

The Turkish General Staff announced on June 6 that PKK targets such as arms positions, shelters and caves were bombed and destroyed in the Gara and Hakurk areas of northern Iraq and in rural parts of Lice district of southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

The Avaşîn/Basyan, Kandil areas of northern Iraq, along with rural parts of the Yüksekova district of the eastern province of Hakkari were also bombarded as part of the operations on June 5, the statement said.  

Meanwhile, gendarmerie private Salih Bulut, who was wounded and hospitalized in a June 5 attack that targeted a military vehicle in Gümüşhane, succumbed to his injuries on June 7, the Trabzon Governor’s Office said.   

PKK militants attacked a gendarmerie vehicle with long-barreled weapons near the Harmancık Tunnel between the center of Gümüşhane and Torul district. 

Meanwhile, security forces in the western province of İzmir, along with the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the İzmir Gendarmerie have determined that the PKK, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) and the Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement (HBDH) were behind a Feb. 23 Kemalpaşa gendarmerie post attack and that the groups were working on the new establishment of new cells in the Aegean region of Turkey. 

Aiming to dissolve the establishment, security forces carried out a total of 198 operations against the group in the greater İzmir area.

Teams found five shelters, identified as being used by militants in the Vişneli neighborhood of İzmir’s Kemalpaşa district.    

Eight people suspected of providing logistic aid for the Kemalpaşa attack were captured in simultaneous raids at nine addresses.