Turkish airstrikes targets PKK in Turkey and Iraq

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Turkey’s military killed 13 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq on Sunday, the military said in a statement.

The warplanes struck seven PKK targets in the Avasin-Basyan region of northern Iraq, and killed militants believed to be preparing for an attack, the military said.

In a separate air strike in Turkey’s southeastern province of Van late on Saturday, the military said warplanes had killed another 10 PKK militants.

The PKK, which has carried out a three-decade insurgency in southeast Turkey, has camps in the mountains of northern Iraq, near the Turkish border.

According to a statement last month by Defence Minister Fikri Isik, over 10,100 members of the PKK have been killed since 24 July 2015 when Ankara announced an official military operation against PKK.

The International Crisis Group, an NGO that that carries out field research on violent conflict, estimates that 1,257 PKK militants have been killed during the same period.

(Reuters/Kom News)