Turkey Reports 30 PKK Killed in Attacks on Iraq, Syria

23 killed in raid in northern Iraq

Turkey’s Defense Ministry reported attacks on northern Iraq and Syria, saying at least 30 PKK were killed. The larger attack was in Asos, Iraq, where 23 were reported killed.

They reported a separate incident in Syria, killing seven PKK, which Turkey reported as terrorist threats to national security.

Turkey’s overseas operations are almost exclusively attacks on Kurds, and there are ongoing operations in both Iraq and Syria to that end. Turkey’s government spins the Kurds as a problem for their international goals.

Iraq and Syria both oppose these operations, though Turkey shows no signs of not continuing them either way. Turkey’s parliament consistently rubber stamps extended operations.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.