ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Airstrikes by Turkish warplanes have “neutralised” 15 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Employees Occasion (PKK) in northern Iraq, the army mentioned on Twitter on Saturday, destroying hideouts and armouries belonging to the group.
The Turkish military makes use of the phrase neutralise when it has killed, captured or wounded combatants.
The air strikes carried out on Friday focused the Gara, Zap and Avasin-Basyan areas of northern Iraq, Turkish army mentioned, including that the militants had been believed to be making ready to hold out an assault.
“Fifteen armed members of the separatist terror organisation, who had been in preparations for an assault to army bases, had been neutralised, hideouts and armouries had been destroyed by air strikes carried out on Nov. 9,” the army mentioned, utilizing the time period it applies to the PKK.
Turkey commonly carries out air strikes in opposition to PKK targets in northern Iraq, the place the group relies within the Qandil mountains.
The PKK, thought-about a terrorist organisation by the USA, the European Union and Turkey, has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast that has killed some 40,000 individuals.
Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Modifying by Kirsten Donovan