On November 12, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense released a video documenting recent drone strikes on positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq’s northern region.
The video shows at least eight drone strikes on PKK positions in the Operation Claw-Lock zone in the Kurdistan Region. The operation has been ongoing since mid-April. The main goal of the large-scale operation is to neutralize the remaining Kurdish guerilla fighters in the areas of Metina, Zap and Avashin Basyan.
The pinpoint strikes were carried out by Bayrktar TB2 and Akinci combat drones, which were armed with MAM-L laser-guided munitions.
The Ministry of National Defense claimed that four fighters of the PKK were killed in the drone strikes. This is yet to be confirmed by Iraqi sources, however.
The drone strikes were announced just a day after Turkey acknowledged losing yet another soldier in northern Iraq to PKK attacks. The slain soldier was identified by the Ministry of National Defense as senior sergeant Emre Sevinc. The new casualty brought to 63 the number of Turkish troops killed in the northern Iraqi region since the beginning of Operation Claw-Lock.
Turkish combat drones inflicted heavy human and material losses on PKK fighters in northern Iraq over the last seven months. Nevertheless, the group is still very active in the region as evident by its recent deadly attacks on the Turkish military.
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