PKK Kills 15 Turkish Troops in Ambush

Turkish Warplanes Launch Airstrikes Against PKK Targets in Area

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has taken credit for an ambush against a Turkish military convoy in the Hakkari Province, in the nation’s southeast. 15 Turkish soldiers were reported killed in the attack, the bloodiest PKK strike since the ceasefire ended in July.

The PKK was quick to confirm they were behind the attack, though the death toll has yet to be confirmed by the Turkish government. President Erdogan would only confirm that there were “several” deaths in the incident.

The PKK and Turkey had a ceasefire for over two years, which ended in July when Turkish warplanes attacked PKK targets in northern Iraq. The attacks restarted a war which has beenĀ  ongoing for over 30 years, with the PKK seeking Kurdish autonomy in the nation’s southeast.

Turkish warplanes launched more strikes in Hakkari Province today after the ambush, saying they hit 12 different PKK targets and claiming “many terrorists” were slain in the attacks. The PKK has not yet commented on what casualties they suffered in these strikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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