According to Reuters, the Turkish military confirmed it had “struck PKK militants in northern Iraq” on Tuesday. Reportedly, 13 Turkish jets took part in yesterday’s operation.
If one is to believe the Turkish military official, the Turkish Air Force struck shelters, caves and ammunition depots near Semdinli town which were thought to have been used by PKK militants.
Turkey considers the Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) to be a terrorist group and has blamed Peshmerga in Iraq and the YPG in Syria of aiding the aforementioned group.
Furthermore, Ankara has accused PKK of launching several terrorist attacks in Turkey in the past months; this seems to have been used to legitimize the air strikes in northern Iraq. Earlier this month, Turkey also bombed Kurdish camps inside the country with the Turkish military claiming the death of 67 PKK militants during the air raid.
Additionally, on the 9th of December, ten Turkish F-16 began an aerial campaign in northern Iraq as to weaken the Kurdish insurgency. Meanwhile, in the very same month, it was revealed that the Turkish military had deployed 150 elite soldiers and 25 tanks to Iraq’s Nineveh province – notably without permission granted from Baghdad.
Since July 2015, after the two-year truce between Turkey and the Kurds was scrapped, Ankara has delivered regular airstrikes against Kurdish militia in neighboring Iraq, and has also shelled Kurdish settlements in Syria.