BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – On Monday, the Joint Operations Command in Iraq commented on the new Turkish military operation that is targeting the northern part of the country.
The Operations Command described this operation as a “provocative behavior” and explained:
“We deplore the penetration of Iraqi airspace by Turkish planes, which happened on Sunday evening by 18 Turkish planes heading towards Sinjar – Makhmur – Al-Kawir – Erbil, to reach the district of Sharqat at a depth of 193 km from Turkish borders within Iraqi airspace,” according to a statement released by Al-Sumaria TV.
The leadership explained that the bombing “targeted a refugee camp near Makhmour and Sinjar,” and that “Turkish aircraft continued to approach the Iraqi border until late last night and this provocative behavior is not in line with the obligations of good neighbors, in accordance with international agreements and is a flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”
The statement called for “stopping these violations in respect of and commitment to the common interests between the two countries.”
The Defense Ministry of Turkey announced on Sunday, the launch of Operation “Eagle Claw” against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.
In the past years, Turkish forces have carried out intensive operations against the Kurdish group, whom they consider terrorists, in both Iraq and Syria, saying that “this is in response to attacks by or planned by elements of the PKK, which Turkey has been fighting for more than 3 decades inside and outside the country.