Turkey sends more commando forces to northern Iraq

Turkey has sent additional commando forces to northern Iraq for the third phase of an operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkish defence official said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Operation Claw against the PKK, which is labelled a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, was launched on May 23 in Iraq’s Hakurk region.

Colonel Tamer Zincir told reporters that 111 PKK fighters have been neutralised since the start of the operation. Turkish authorities use the term “neutralised” in statements to imply that someone surrendered or was killed or captured.

Zincir said a new phase of the operation started last week. 

“Our new commando forces were sent to the field. The operation’s location extended to the east is a region the terrorists start deploying forces for the winter period we call winter deployment,” state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Zincir as saying.