The Turkish Air Force conducted an operation in Northern Iraq, targeting positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
According to the Turkish defense ministry, more than 20 warplanes carried out an operation 200km deep into Kurdistan Region territory against 28 positions of PKK. Shelters, caches, warehouses and PKK command posts were reportedly destroyed.
The strikes mainly targeted the Asos region north of Penjwen district, in north-eastern Sulaimani province in Iraq. The mountainous area borders Iran. Several Kurdish armed groups are known to be active there.
The operation was carried out in coordination with the national intelligence service, which received data on the location of the targets.
A mayor of Penjwen said suspected Turkish drones had targeted a rural area and farms. Several civilian houses were reportedly destroyed.
The strikes started at around 6:30am on August 24 and continued for half an hour.
France 24 reported, citing a doctor in Sinjar, that at least three people were killed and five others wounded in the strikes. The makeshift clinic in the village of Sekaina in Sinjar province was reportedly destroyed.
Earlier on August 23, Turkish Air Forces killed three members of an Iraqi force linked to the PKK in Sinjar, including a senior Yazidi official.
Turkey has recently increased its attacks on Kurdish forces both in Syria and Iraq.
The most recent attacks in Syria include:
Late on August 21, a drone strike targeted a mini truck as it was passing on a road to the east of the town of Kobane in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.
On August 22, another strike targeted an SUV of the senior official of SDF’s administrative wing, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), in the city of al-Qamishli in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
On August 20, two Turkish drone strikes targeted northeastern Syria.
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