Turkish Troops Enter Northern Iraq, Seize PKK Base

Defense Ministry reports 12 PKK 'neutralized' in attack

Turkish military operations on Iraqi soil have been a long-standing issue for Iraq’s government, which neither gives permission, nor generally approves of, such operations.

Monday, Turkish troops entered northern Iraq and seized a Kurdish military base. Turkey’s Defense Ministry reported 12 PKK members were “neutralized,” but didn’t clarify if that catch-all term meant captured or killed.

Turkey has been attacking PKK targets in Iraq throughout the US invasion and occupation. The Iraqi government has often complained, but Turkey has made it clear that they aren’t going to stop.

More recently, Iraqi officials have not commented at all on Turkish incursions, and have gotten snippy at media outlets that ask about them. The appearance is that the Iraqi government is comfortable enough with the status quo, and generally doesn’t want to cross Turkey for the sake of a Kurdish faction.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.