BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – On Tuesday evening, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the launch of “Operation Tiger Claw” in the Haftanin area of northern Iraq.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said in a tweet last night: “In order to neutralize the elements of the ‘Kurdistan Workers Party’ (PKK) and other terrorist elements that threaten the security of our people and our borders, victory has reached the heroes of the commando units who are currently in the Haftanin area.”
They indicated that they arrived in the area with the support of the Turkish Air Force, who had already carried out a number of strikes over northern Iraq.
Turkey had previously announced on Sunday evening, the launch of the “Operation Eagle Claw”, which was an air force attack on several sites in northern Iraq.
Halkımızın ve hudutlarımızın güvenliğini tehdit eden PKK ve diğer terörist unsurları etkisiz hale getirmek maksadıyla; Hava Kuvvetleri, ateş destek vasıtaları, ATAK Helikopterleri, İHA ve SİHA’larla desteklenen Komandolarımız, hava hücum harekâtıyla bölgeye intikal etmişlerdir. pic.twitter.com/hDJfsncxet
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) June 16, 2020
In the past years, Turkish forces have carried out intensive operations against the PKK, whom they consider terrorists, in both Iraq and Syria, saying that this is in response to attacks launched or planned by their elements, which Turkey has been fighting for more than 3 decades.
It is worth noting that on Tuesday, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad, and delivered a memorandum of protest against the backdrop of the Turkish bombing, which hit a number of areas in northern Iraq at dawn on Monday.