Turkey’s F-16 fighter jets was shot down by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters at around 20.30 pm local time in southwestern Iraq on Thursday, pro-Kurdish sources and media outlets reported. The downed F-16 was one of a few jets that had been conducting air strikes in the Qandil area of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region at the same day.
More precisely, the F-16 was downed in the area of the so-called “Medya Defense Zones” held by the PKK in the Qandil mountains. It serves a PKK rear base for operations along the Iraqi-Turkish border and attacks in Turkey.
There is no information about the pilot’s fate and the real cause of the crash from neutral sources. Ankara has not commented on the issue.