Turkey announces completion of the first phase of Operation Claw-Castle in Iraq

The Turkish military “reached the places they needed to reach and captured targets there,” the Defense Ministry said. The operation is aimed at protecting the borders of Turkey, its purpose is “only terrorists”, Ankara assures

Turkey completed the first phase of the military operation “Claw-Castle” against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK, designated a terrorist organization by Ankara) in northern Iraq, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told Hurriyet.

The Turkish armed forces “reached the places they needed to reach, the land they would control by land and air, and captured targets there,” the minister said. there are many caves, shelters, shelters and so-called headquarters, and captured targets— only the first stage of the operation. “Later this activity will continue <…> until the terrorists are neutralized,— he added.

Turkey announced a military operation against the Kurds on April 18. Castle Claw Campaign began in the east of the country and in northern Iraq. Special forces and the air force are involved in the hostilities, as the Turkish Ministry of Defense stated, “only terrorists” serve as the target.

According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the operation is aimed at protecting the country's borders. “We do not violate the territorial integrity of Iraq, we have no such intentions,” — he assured.

The PKK was founded in 1978. She advocates national self-determination for Kurds in Turkey. Ankara has been in an armed conflict with the Kurds since 1984.

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In April 2021, the Turkish army carried out another military operation in northern Iraq against the PKK, it involved special forces.

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