Turkish Special Forces have crossed over into northern Iraq on what they termed as ‘short term’ on ground incursion in pursuing Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters after deadly raid on the army on Sunday that left 16 soldiers dead.
According to the military agency official, two units of the Turkish Special Forces, supported by warplanes, crossed into northern Iraq to chase in “hot pursuit” two 20-strong groups of PKK militants.
The Sunday attacks have prompted Turkey government to intensify of on the ground operations as civilians in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region continue to demonstrate calling on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group to leave the area as Turkish PM vows to ‘purge’ Mount Qandil.
According Khalil Mohamed, governor of the region’s Zakho district, establishments of PKK camps have made 115 of the districts’ 184villages inaccessible.
Zakho district is located close to Turkish border and contains a number of PKK camps though the militant primary camps are located in northern Iraq’s Qandil Mountain near the border with Iran.
According to governor Mohamed, PKK insurgents have made it impossible for citizens to go to the villages and tend to their fields.
On Tuesday 8th September 2015, Turkish security forces killed at least 35 PKK terrorists in airstrikes carried out in northern Iraq.
Speaking at a Monday press conference, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared that Iraq’s Qandil Mountain “will be purged of terrorists”.