Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Turkey begins operation in Iraq's Sinjar, Erdogan says

Turkey begins operation in Iraq's Sinjar, Erdogan says

The new military operation against the terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is planned to be carried out in Iraq's northern Sinjar town, will be called Operation Tigris Shield, the Turkish media reported citing military sources March 22.

Here, "neutralised" implies the terrorists either surrendered or were killed or captured.

On Wednesday, the number of killed PKK terrorists reached 38 with at least 15 caves and 30 shelters destroyed during airstrikes.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Friday announced the lifting of a flight ban to northern Iraq's Erbil city.

Turkey regularly carries out air strikes against PKK bases in Qandil mountains in northern Iraq.

In a statement, Turkish General Staff said: "Two PKK terrorists were neutralized during a counterterrorism operation in southeastern Batman province's Hasankeyf district".

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Researcher Saeb Khodr did not rule out the interference of Turkish forces in Sinjar to fight PKK militants.

Anadolu Agency said the attack occurred early Thursday after drones detected a group of militants allegedly preparing to launch an attack against Turkey.

The UN and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization.

The Syrian government has already condemned the Turkish offensive against Afrin as an act of aggression.

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