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Turkish forces launch air operations against PKK in northern Iraq

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The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have launched air operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq’s Zap and Avaşin-Basyan regions, the Doğan news agency reported on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the TSK, air operations were launched on Sunday against PKK camps in northern Iraq, and the militants’ shelters, arms and ammunition stores were destroyed.

Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015.

Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

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