On June 17th, Turkey announced that it began, yet another, operation in Northern Iraq – Claw-Tiger.
The Defense Ministry stated that Turkish soldiers are positioned in Haftanin region.
They are backed by Air Forces, ATAK helicopters, UAVs and armed drones to target the PKK and other terrorist elements that threaten the security of Turkey’s people and its borders, the ministry added.
Halkımızın ve hudutlarımızın güvenliğini tehdit eden PKK ve diğer terörist unsurları etkisiz hale getirmek maksadıyla; Hava Kuvvetleri, ateş destek vasıtaları, ATAK Helikopterleri, İHA ve SİHA’larla desteklenen Komandolarımız, hava hücum harekâtıyla bölgeye intikal etmişlerdir. pic.twitter.com/hDJfsncxet
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) June 16, 2020
Carried by Turkish media, this latest operation is carried out “as part of Turkish legitimate defense rights as per the international law oriented against the PKK and other terrorist elements that have recently attempted increased harassment and attacks on our police station and base areas,” the Turkish Defense Ministry claimed.
As part of Operation Claw-Tiger, the Turkish Armed Forces destroyed PKK targets in northern Iraq’s Haftanin region.
According to security sources, Turkish forces hit over 150 targets of the PKK terror group in the region with howitzers and multiple rocket launchers.
Following airstrikes, Turkish commandos have also conducted an infiltration operation through land and air to the terrorist targets.
“You have always shown the power of the Turkish commando, we believe that you will show it once again in those mountains today, and make history as you have done before,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told the commanders of the troops.
Bakan Akar, Haftanin’e giren Komandolarımıza seslendi: "Türk komandosunun gücünü her zaman gösterdiniz, o dağlarda bugün de bir kez daha göstereceğinize, daha önce yazdığınız destanları yazacağınıza inanıyoruz.”https://t.co/6xQ0zFKzdE#MSB #HulusiAkar #PençeKaplan pic.twitter.com/bpQrowtYUb
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) June 17, 2020
Operation Claw-Tiger is a follow-up operation of Claw-Eagle that Turkey started on June 15th, as a result of which reportedly at least 81 PKK positions were eliminated, and an undisclosed number of members were killed.
Operation Claw-Eagle was being carried out against terrorist bases in Sinjar, Qandil, Karacak, Zap, Avasin-Basyan and Hakurk.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry had said earlier that fighter jets, UAVs, satellite and tanker planes participated in the Claw-Eagle operation.
A video was released showing strikes on PKK targets as part of the operation.
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