Turkish Air Force strikes kill at least five terrorists in Northern Iraq. '9 PKK terrorists' killed in southeast Turkey. Diplomacy: Turkish PM slams Clinton over remarks on arming PKK/PYD.
The PKK ( "Workers' Party of Kurdistan") is categorized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. The group resumed its thirty-year long armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.
Since then, the PKK terrorist attacks killed over 800 members of Turkish security forces. They have also killed more than 350 civilians, including one hundred children. At least 8200 PKK terrorists were killed in army operations during the same period.
Police forces and the Turkish army launched attacks against positions of the separatist terrorist organization PKK and pursue its armed members in the south and southeast of the country and in northern Iraq in response to terrorist attacks by the organization within Turkey, which target civilians and members of security forces.
Turkish Air Force strikes the PKK in Northern Iraq
AA - Ankara - Tuncay Çakmak - Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against PKK several positions in Zab region, in northern Iraq.
The Turkish General Staff has shared, Tuesday, a press release regarding the operations against the separatist terrorist organization.
Monday between 7:44 p.m. and 8:13 p.m. (1644 GMT - 1713 GMT), the fighter jets of the Turkish Air Force hit PKK positions in northern Iraq.
Several shelters and weapons stocks belonging to the separatist terrorist organization were successfully destroyed, the statement said.
Turkish Air Force strikes kill at least five terrorists in Northern Iraq
Enes Kaplan - Burcu Arik - ANKARA (AA) – Turkish jets destroyed PKK targets in northern Iraq, the military said, Tuesday.
A statement by the Turkish General Staff revealed at least five terrorists were killed during the operation today between 1.40 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. local time (1040-1100GMT).
The destroyed targets in the Mount Zar region included shelters and weapons dumps, the army said.
'9 PKK terrorists' killed in southeast Turkey
Sarp Özer, Ekrem Payan and Abidin Yel - Can Erözden - ANKARA (AA) - Nine suspected PKK terrorists were killed in two separate incidents in southeast Turkey Tuesday, according to a military source.
In the first incident, seven suspected PKK terrorists were killed in a clash with security forces in southeastern Hakkari province, the source said.
Separately, two other PKK terrorists were killed in Şırnak province, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said. The suspects were allegedly planning to assassinate Cizre District Governor Ahmet Adanur.
Turkish PM slams Clinton over remarks on arming PKK/PYD
Diyar Güldoğan - ANKARA (AA) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday criticized U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over remarks in which she seemed to voice support for the PKK/PYD terrorist group in Syria.
In a recent presidential debate, Clinton said she would consider arming Kurdish fighters -- widely seen as a reference to the armed wing of the PYD, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU. The PKK has fought a three-decade war against Turkey in which more than 40,000 people have died.
"I would also consider arming the Kurds," the Democratic candidate said late Sunday. "The Kurds have been our best partners in Syria, as well as Iraq. And I know there’s a lot of concern about that in some circles but I think they should have the equipment they need so that Kurdish and Arab fighters on the ground are the principal way that we take Raqqah after pushing ISIS out of Iraq."
Speaking at a Justice and Development (AK) Party meeting in Ankara, Yildirim said: "Clinton said she would support terrorist organizations in the region if elected. What does this mean? Is not America our ally? Is it not our ally in the region?"
Yildirim said Clinton was suggesting enlisting the help of one terrorist group to fight another.
"How moral is it to fight a terrorist organization through another?" he asked.
The prime minister also said Clinton's remarks justified Turkey's concerns over arming the PKK/PYD in Syria.
Turkey has repeatedly said that arming the PKK/PYD is a source of concern as the group poses a threat to Turkey.
Edited by Hale Türkeş & Andrew Peter Wilks & Salman Hamid Siddiqui & Declan McVeigh & Ümit Dönmez