Turkish fighter jets bomb alleged PKK positions in Sulaimani province
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes against suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the Kurdistan Region’s Sulaimani province early Friday, according to a mayor.
The strikes “fortunately” did not result in civilian casualties or material damages, Kamaran Hassan, the mayor of Mawat subdistrict in the north of the province, told Kurdistan 24.
The airstrikes targeted Dokan Valley, which is only five kilometers away from Galala village in the Sharbazher area.
The raid came less than a week after Turkey launched a new cross-border air and ground campaign against the PKK codenamed Operation Claw-Lock in the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province on Monday.
At least two Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes since then.
The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga and the Government of Iraq refuted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent claim that Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are cooperating with the Turkish operation.
The Kurdistan Region has repeatedly called on Turkey and the PKK to take their conflict out of the Kurdistan Region. Aside from civilians occasionally being caught and killed in the crossfire, recurring Turkish-PKK clashes have devastated the livelihoods of many farmers and left hundreds of villages depopulated.