Turkish jets bomb PKK targets in northern Iraq
45 terrorists 'neutralized' in March 14 strikes, military source says
Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq have “neutralized” 45 PKK terrorists, a military source said on Tuesday.
Nine F-16 and two F-4 jets carried out the raids on PKK positions in Qandil and Gara on March 14, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Shelters, caves and gun emplacements were destroyed.
The airstrikes came after a car bomb in Ankara that killed at least 37 people and injured 43 others.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday: "The Ankara blast is a step against Turkey’s anti-terror operations against the PKK, DHKP-C and Daesh."
Davutoglu said Turkey has been carrying out operations against the three terrorist groups since July 23 last year.
He said there are "almost definite findings" pointing towards PKK involvement in the Ankara attack, but added that an investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against Turkey in July. Since then, more than 290 members of the security forces have been martyred and thousands of terrorists killed.
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