Turkey ‘neutralises’ PKK regional leader of Iraq’s Makhmour district

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) regional leader of northern Iraq’s Makhmour district was "neutralised’’ in a joint operation with the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday.

Selman Bozkır, a top level PKK authority overseeing the region, was neutralised in a successful operation carried out by MİT on Saturday, Erdoğan said on Twitter.

Turkish authorities use the term "neutralised" to imply the people in question, usually members of the PKK, either surrendered or were killed or captured. 

The announcement on Bozkır, code-named "Doktor Hüseyin" (Doctor Hüseyin), coincides with a Turkish air strike targeting Iraq’s Makhmour refugee camp on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Erdoğan referred to the U.N.-administered camp that is home to 12,000 Kurdish refugees as a “terror nest,” while threatening a strike.

Turkey regularly launches operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq targeting the PKK, a group designated as a terrorist organisation by Ankara that has led a four-decade insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey. 

In April, Turkey launched its latest incursion against the PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan, the air and ground operations are respectively codenamed Operation Claw-Lightning and Operation Claw-Thunderbolt.