14 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed as a result of Turksih airstrikes, the Turkish military announced on Saturday.
“In a written statement, the Turkish Armed Forces said an hourlong air operation on Iraq’s Sinat-Haftanin region starting at 8.31 a.m. local time (0531GMT) had killed six terrorists.
In another air operation in the southeastern Adiyaman province at around 07.10 a.m. local time (0410GMT), eight terrorists were killed.
The statement said the terrorists had been plotting terrorist attacks,” the Turkish pro-government media outlet “Anadolu Agency” reported.
Separately, the Turkish military claimed that 112 PKK members were killed in government military operations in Turkey in the perioud between April 20 and April 28.
In April, Ankara increased its military activity against the PKK in Iraq and in Turkey and against the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG)in northern Syria. Turkey describes the YPG as a branch of the PKK. Meanwhile, the YPG is a core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting against ISIS in Syria.
The Turkish activity has already led to increased diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Washington. The US reportedly deployed its forces in the YPG-held territories of Syria in order to “monitor” Turkish military strikes.