Turkish air and artillery strikes in Iraq have opened ‘the gates of hell’

ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish Armed Forces, as part of the ongoing Pençe-Kaplan [Tiger Claw] operation in northern Iraq, have attacked 500 sites of the Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK, recognized by official Ankara as a “terrorist organization”] in northern Iraq over the past 36 hours, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The attacks were carried out by F-16 multi-role fighters, T-155 self-propelled artillery howitzer, missile systems and drones, reports Anadolu state news agency.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar oversees the progress of the “anti-terrorist operation” from the headquarters of the Turkish Armed Forces. The head of the defense department periodically communicates via videoconference with the commanders of the units involved in the operation in Iraq.

The decision to carry out the Pençe-Kaplan operation was made in response to the increasing incidence of attacks and shelling of Turkish army bases in the region. At the first stage of the operation, more than 150 PKK facilities were destroyed. After massed air strikes, on the eve, special forces landing in certain sectors of the cross-border operation zone was accomplished, the Anatolian Agency notes.

As BulgarianMilitary.com reported, the Turkish Armed Forces on June 17 announced the start of an “anti-terrorist operation” in northern Iraq. According to information, Turkish special forces entered the Haftanin area during an air operation.

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Turkish special forces operate with the support of combat helicopters, attack and reconnaissance drones, as well as fire support equipment. Before the start of the operation, the Turkish artillery deployed in the region subjected the enemy to massive shelling.

The combat mission is carried out to neutralize the militants of the PKK, which is banned in Turkey, whose main bases are located in mountainous areas in northern Iraq, and “other terrorist elements that threaten Turkey’s security.”

“The operation was launched in response to the increasing attempts of PKK militants to attack our police stations and areas of military bases,” the Turkish military department said in a statement.

Operation “Tiger Claw” in Ankara is called an “act of self-defense”, which complies with the norms and principles of international law. Meanwhile, the leadership of the League of Arab States (LAS) condemned Ankara’s conduct of a military mission in northern Iraq.

The military operation that Turkey is conducting in the Arab Republic under the pretext of combating the PKK violates the sovereignty of Iraq and is contrary to international law, a statement was announced on Monday, June 15 by the Arab League General Secretariat, Ahmed Abul Gheit.

Background

Terrorist acts in Iraq using explosives and firearms. Attacks accompanied by a large number of victims are carried out against the civilian population, law enforcement officers, and diplomatic missions of other states.

Read more: Iranian artillery was also involved in the Turkish operation in Iraq

Islamic State or ISIS are responsible for some of the attacks. A common tactic is to undermine mined cars, as well as suicide bombings. Explosions are heard in mosques, markets, restaurants, during the funeral.

By the number of terrorist acts, Iraq is one of the hottest spots in the world. More than 40,000 people died from the attacks.

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