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Turkey launches cross-border anti-terror operation in northern Iraq


Turkey has launched a new cross-border anti-terror operation against the hideout of the PKK terrorist group in northern Iraq, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said early Monday.

Operation Claw-Lock, in which commando teams and special forces took part supported by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), attack helicopters and artillery elements, specifically targeted the Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan areas, Akar said.

Akar said in these areas, shelters, ammunition depots, headquarters, assembly points and a network of tunnels were destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Defense noted that the operation was launched after it was determined that the terrorist group was planning to launch a large-scale attack.

The operation was in line with the UN Charter’s self-defense principle, the ministry said.

Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Twitter that Turkey remains steadfast in continuing its fight against the terror group and its sponsors, both within and outside its borders.

PKK terrorists often hide in northern Iraq to plan cross-border attacks in Turkey.

Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle began in the northern Iraqi border region in 2020 to ensure the safety of the Turkish people and borders.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkiye, the US and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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