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Turkish jets hit 89 PKK terror targets in Iraq, Syria

Türkiye hit almost 90 YPG/PKK terror targets during air raids in northern regions of Iraq and Syria, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday, according to Anadolu Agency.


“With the Operation Claw-Sword, 89 terror targets – 81 targets in the first stage and eight others this morning –including shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels, ammunition depots, and so-called headquarters and training camps belonging to terrorists, who threaten our country, nation and border security, were destroyed,” the ministry said in a statement.


The statement came after Türkiye early Sunday launched Operation Claw-Sword, a cross-border aerial campaign against the KCK/YPG/PKK terrorist group in northern Iraq and Syria. The ministry said the operation was carried out in line with the right of self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter.


Türkiye carried out a “successful operation” in Qandil, Asos and Hakurk regions of northern Iraq and Arab Spring, Tal Rifat, Jazira, and Derik regions of northern Syria, it added.


“Among the terrorists neutralized in the air operation were the so-called leaders of the terrorist organization,” the ministry also said.


The operation came after last Sunday’s terror attack on Istanbul’s crowded Istiklal Avenue that killed at least six and left 81 injured.


It was carried out to eliminate the terrorist attacks against Turkish people and security forces from the northern areas of Iraq and Syria, and to ensure Türkiye’s border security, the ministry said.


“After the operation, in which mostly domestic and national ammunition was used, all of our aircraft returned safely to their bases,” it added.


Türkiye calls terrorists to account: Defense minister


Türkiye will continue the fight against terrorism for the security of the country and nation with determination until the last terrorist is neutralized, the ministry stressed.


Earlier, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Türkiye will continue to call to account those who target its security.


“Our aim is to ensure the security of our 85 million citizens and our borders, and to respond to any treacherous attack on our country,” Akar said.


He stressed that only terrorists and hideouts belonging to the terrorists were targeted, saying: “The claw of our Turkish Armed Forces was once again on the terrorists.”


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the start of the air operation on his return from Indonesia where he visited to attend the Group of 20 summit this week.


In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the terror group’s Syrian offshoot.


Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency