Turkey says it ‘neutralized’ three PKK leaders in Iraq

Turkey said it “neutralized” three leaders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the Iraqi Kurdish news outlet Kurdistan 24 reported on Friday. 

The Turkish intelligence service carried out a cross-border operation in northern Iraq that led to “the neutralization of three leaders” belonging to the group. The Turkish military uses the term “neutralized” to refer to the killing or capturing of PKK fighters. 

Citing Turkish state media, Kurdistan 24 noted that no names were mentioned in the announcement. However, the announcement did say that the three neutralized individuals were responsible for PKK activities in Jabal Kara, Qandil Mountain, the group’s primary stronghold in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the Yezidi region of Sinjar in Iraq’s Nineveh province. 

The previous day, Turkish warplanes bombed positions belonging to the PKK-affiliated Yezidi Protection Units (YBS) in Sinjar. 

Turkey frequently carries out cross-border airstrikes striking suspected targets across Iraqi Kurdistan. On Aug. 24, a large drone strike carried out an attack 120 miles deep into that region, damaging farmland. 

In April, Turkey launched its latest cross-border air and ground campaign against the PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan codenamed Operation Claw-Lightning and Thunderbolt. 


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