Turkish PM’s office announced their forces attacked several
militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets and Islamic State
positions. Kurdish fighters, who have been battling the jihadists for
months, say the truce with Turkey is now meaningless.
Turkish PM’s office has said their fighter jets bombed seven
militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in Northern Iraq, AFP
also launched simultaneous ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic
State in northern Syria, Reuters said, citing the PM’s office.
were carried out on targets of the Daesh (Islamic State) terror group
in Syria and the PKK terror group in northern Iraq,” Prime
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office said in a statement.
Minister Davutoglu told reporters that some 590 suspected members of
IS and PKK and other militant groups had been arrested in raids
across Turkey that began on Friday, according to AFP.
airstrikes targeted PKK warehouses, logistics points, living quarters
and storage buildings, Turkish authorities said in a statement.
overnight air assault was the first Turkish strike against Kurds in
northern Iraq since a peace deal between Ankara and the PKK
separatists was announced in 2013.
around 11:00 pm (2000 GMT) tonight, Turkish warplanes started bombing
our positions near the border, accompanied by heavy artillery
spokesman in Iraq, Bakhtiar Dogan, confirmed to AFP.
the bombarded locations was the stronghold of PKK's military
leadership at Mount Kandil.
Kurdistan Workers Party announced in its website that after last
night's airstrikes and ground military attacks, the truce with Turkey
Friday, Ankara announced joining the anti-ISIS coalition by providing
jets and airbases as part of an agreement with the US.
move was due to the growing threat to Turkey’s security posed by
the jihadists, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.
Kurdistan Workers' Party has been fighting Turkey for autonomy since
1984. The Turks and their NATO allies list the group as a terrorist
artillery also shelled Islamic State and PKK positions from across
the border, Ankara said.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday that Ankara had agreed to
let the US use the Incirlik air base near the city of Adana in
our phone call with Obama, we reiterated our determination in the
struggle against the separatist organization [Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK)] and the Islamic State,"
Erdogan told reporters on Friday. "We
took the first step last night."
new eruption of violence in Turkey was sparked by an IS suicide
bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday that
killed 32 people, most of whom were Kurdish nationals. The Kurds have
accused the Turkish authorities of a laissez-faire approach towards
series of terror acts targeting Turkish police, carried out by
Kurdish activists this week, claimed the lives of two Turkish law
enforcers near the mainly Kurdish city of Sanliurfa close to the
Friday, suspected PKK militant threw a small bomb into a police
station in Bismil, wounding seven police officers.
Kurdish Peshmerga militia has been fighting IS for some time,
protecting areas inhabited by Kurd nationals in so-called Kurdistan.
rapid advance of Islamic State has prompted the Kurds to reinforce
troops on the frontline in their fight against the extremists.
Kurds are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world, but they
don’t have their own state. Kurdistan encompasses parts of Iran,
Iraq, Turkey and Syria. Of the four regions, Iraqi Kurdistan has made
the most progress in defining its status politically and striving for