Turkey and Iran on Monday began a joint army operation in opposition to Kurdish rebels on Turkey’s jap border, state-run Anadolu information company quoted the inside minister as saying.
Turkey has just lately talked a few potential joint operation with neighbour Iran to counter outlawed militants from the the Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration (PKK), however that is the primary time Turkish authorities have confirmed a raid.
“We began staging a joint operation with Iran in opposition to the PKK on our jap border as of zero800 (0500 GMT) this morning,” Suleyman Soylu stated of the operation in opposition to the PKK, listed as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.
“We are going to announce the end result later,” he stated.
Soylu didn’t specify exactly which PKK bases the deliberate operation focused however President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously stated it could be in opposition to militant hideouts in Iraq.
The Turkish army has usually bombed PKK bases in Iraq’s mountainous northern areas as a part of its decades-long operations in opposition to the group.
Iranian safety forces have additionally fought the PKK affiliate, the Celebration of Free Lifetime of Kurdistan (PJAK). Each teams have rear bases in neighboring Iraq.
The PKK has waged a three-and-a-half decade insurgency in opposition to the Turkish state, initially searching for independence and extra just lately autonomy for Turkey’s Kurdish minority. Combating has left tens of hundreds lifeless.