Several Kurdish Militants Killed in Northern Iraq by Turkish Military

Turkey's military announced that 13 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed in air strikes in northern Iraq on May 28.

In a separate airstrike, which took place a day earlier, the military said warplanes had killed another 10 PKK militants in southeastern Turkey. The PKK is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and the EU. The Turkish government has been accusing the PKK of several terrorist attacks in 2016, and ahead of the April referendum, the security forces carried out several raids against members of the PKK. The deteriorated security environment helped Turkey's President Erdoğan to accumulate much more power in his hands. However, the referendum over the transition to the executive presidential system also brought tension between Turkey and the EU. The West criticises Turkey also for its airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, which are conducted without proper coordination with the US-led coalition and lead to the loss of life of partner forces, especially Kurds.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák


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