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UPDATE - Turkish jets hit PKK terror targets in northern Iraq

UPDATE - Turkish jets hit PKK terror targets in northern Iraq
Airstrikes carried out in Zap, Gara, Qandil, Asos regions, says Turkish Defense Ministry

ADDS NUMBER OF TERROR TARGETS DESTROYED; REVISES LEDE; MINOR EDITS

By Baris Gundogan

ANKARA (AA) - Turkish fighter jets on Friday destroyed a total of 13 PKK terror targets in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said.

The airstrikes were carried out in the Zap, Gara, Qandil and Asos regions in coordination with Turkey's ongoing anti-terror offensive Operation Claw, the Turkish ministry said on Twitter.

The targets were used as weapon emplacements and shelters by the terrorists.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq. The ongoing offensive has neutralized dozens of terrorists so far.

PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq as a base to plan cross-border terrorist attacks on Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz and Gozde Bayar

source: News Feed
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