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SEPTEMBER 2020

Turkish Starts Operation Against Kurdish Rebels Near Iranian, Iraqi Borders

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Turkish Starts Operation Against Kurdish Rebels Near Iranian, Iraqi Borders

In the last four days the Turkish Army was engaging the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) near the town of Şemdinli in the Hakkari province. The operation take place near the borders of Iran and Iraq, and involve aviation, armored vehicles and artillery. The Turkish media describe the situation as a police operation.

Reportedly, the action intensified on September 24, when a PKK unit had attacked a Turkish outpost near Şemdinli. According to Turkish sources, one Turkish soldier was killed and four soldiers were injured during the attack from the highlands.

The Turkish Army moved on to the supposed Kurdish positions in the mountains first,  and then raided Kurdish towns, Şemdinli amongst them. From the 26th to the 27th of September, three clashes took place near the town. Turkish command reports “eliminating 12 Kurdish terrorists”.

The Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum that took place on September 25, has been a matter of unrest to Turkey, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan having threatened Kurdistan with economic, security and military measures as a response to the referendum. Turkey and Iraq started joint military training maneuvers on the Iraqi Kurdistan border the day after the referendum.

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