Turkey Launches New Military Operation In Northern Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug 25 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Turkey launched a new military operation, dubbed: Operation Claw-3, in northern Iraq, against rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who have base camps there, Turkish Defence Ministry announced.

“Operation Claw-3 is being carried out with the aim of securing the border and destroying caves and shelters of terrorists in northern Iraq,” said the ministry.

The operation is launched to “facilitate border security, neutralise terrorists, and destroy shelters in the Sinat-Haftanin region in northern Iraq,” the ministry added.

Two previous Operation Claw operations were launched by the Turkish army in May and July, aimed at preventing the infiltration of PKK terrorists into Turkey.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the EU. The conflict has, since the early 1980’s, claimed the lives of 40,000 people.– NNN-ANADOLU