Turkish airstrikes on Wednesday proved highly effective, as they targeted and obliterated 19 caves, caches, and shelters believed to be harboring top PKK terrorist leaders in northern Iraq.
The operation, reported by Azernews and cited by Anadolu Agency, was carried out in several key regions, including Metina, Hakurk, Gara, Avasin, and Qandil.
The primary objectives were to neutralize members of the PKK/KCK terror group and other associated terrorist elements, thwarting their attacks on Turkey and ensuring border security, in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter, which recognizes self-defense rights.
The Turkish National Defense Ministry highlighted the extensive use of domestically produced munitions during the operation, underscoring their commitment to minimizing collateral damage. The term “neutralize” in this context refers to terrorists either surrendering, being captured, or meeting their demise.
The safety of innocent civilians, friendly forces, historical and cultural landmarks, and the environment was of paramount concern throughout the operation, and every possible precaution was taken to prevent harm.
This recent strike comes as part of Operation Claw-Lock, initiated in April of the previous year. The operation primarily targets PKK hideouts in the Metina, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq, which are situated near the Turkish border.
This operation builds on the success of two previous initiatives, Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle, launched in 2020, aimed at eradicating terrorists hiding in northern Iraq who were planning cross-border attacks in Turkey.
The PKK, designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, has been waging a ruthless terror campaign for over 35 years, resulting in the tragic deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and even infants.
Turkey’s proactive stance against these terrorists aims to secure its borders and protect the safety and well-being of its citizens.